The Glasgow Girls
The Glasgow Girls developed in what came to be known as the ‘Glasgow Style’ alongside the Glasgow Boys, although at the time of the movement there was no distinct grouping as such, but was contemporaneously known as the Glasgow Society of Lady Artists.
The term ‘Glasgow Girls’ was first coined by William Buchanan in an essay for the Scottish Arts Council exhibition of the Boys in 1968. The Glasgow Girls were chiefly known for avant-garde design and decorative arts, although painters such as Jessie Marion King, Bessie MacNichol and Stansmore Dean.
A group known as ‘The Glasgow Four’ came to be. This coalition consisted of the sisters Margaret and Frances MacDonald, Herbert MacNair and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Margaret’s spouse and a friend of the Glasgow Boy David GAULD. The internationally influential revolutionary artist Rennie Mackintosh, who was neither a Glasgow Boy nor a Glasgow Girl [sic], touched both groups and is the quintessentially renowned exponent of the Glasgow Style.
The Girls, alongside the Boys, introduced a form of painting that combined Celtic and Japanese influences in a style which became desirable to the wider Europeans.
As stated in the section on the Glasgow Boys, the rise of Glasgow as a major industrial city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the accompanying economic boom within which industrialists, business-types and merchants accumulated great financial wealth, allowed the Girls and Boys to flourish under a nascent commercial patronage
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