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The Glasgow Boys (Bca) [Paperback]

R BILLCLIFFE
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  • Publisher: Abbeville Press (27 Mar 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0999913506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0999913505
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Joyful 8 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
The major exhibition in Glasgow this year of The Glasgow Boys, a group of artists painting in the late 19th Century, has restimulated interest in their work. The exhibition, which was at Kelvingrove Museum for several months, has now moved to London's Royal Academy. Roger Billcliffe's eponymously titled tome on The Glasgow Boys was first published in 1985, when it received the Scottish Arts Council Book Award, and was republished in 2008 with many more colour plates.

It is the sumptuous and generous number of illustrations that first struck me about this volume. There are 284 of them, the vast majority in gorgeous blazing colour, many of them large enough to discern detail. It's one of those art books you just want to gaze at, and one reason why e books will never supplant the paper version.

Billcliffe has a list of impressive qualifications to his name. He used to lecture at Glasgow University, is a former Keeper of the University Art Collection, an ex Keeper of Fine Arts at Glasgow Art Gallery, and was Director of the Fine Art Society. He also runs a fabulous art gallery in Glasgow, the Roger Billcliffe Gallery in Blythswood Street, a multi-floored Victorian mansion where even the winding staircases are stuffed with beautiful art.

Billcliffe's balance between prose and pictures in the book is perfect, being around 50:50. With almost 300 pages at a size 25% larger than A4, this means a lot of information. But when the writing refers so frequently to illustrations, as here, reading the history of the Boys is never dry, being instead a delight where every few sentences are interspersed with references to another fabulous picture.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More colour illustrations 14 July 2010
Format:Hardcover
I bought this to replace my copy of the previous edition (which was borrowed and not returned). I'm glad it took a while to get round to replacing it as it meant I got this new edition, which has many more of the illustrations in colour than the previous version. From what I have seen of the paintings (and I've seen most of them) the colour in this edition is very accurate- far better than in a lot of exhibition catalogues and books I buy.
An excellent book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Object 8 Oct 2010
By VB
Format:Hardcover
This book is beautiful. After seeing the show in Glasgow I decided to buy this in anticipation of it coming to the RA. This book is FAR better than the one offered as companion to the show and a very very beautiful object. It is well written (although I havent finished it yet) and the images are a wonder, and for once large enough to examine details. Highly, higly recommended. My only critism is a request for more larger images, but this is just greed!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Glasgow Boys 26 Oct 2009
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Beautiful book full of beautiful pictures. The quality throughout is excellent, both in choice of paintings and also in the way the book is produced. It was a present for my mother and she is delighted with it. She had seen the previous edition and feels there are extra very worthwhile pictures in this new edition. As well as being a lovely book to look at, it is also very informative, with details of the various artists.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starred Item 23 Dec 2010
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I bought this book on the back of watching a TV programme about the Glasgow Boys. I collect books on painting and this one is one of the best I've bought. Packed full of excellent quality illustrations; it's superb quality and unbelievable value for money- it even feels good in your hands; it's got that luxury type cover and is a "perfect" size, not too big and big enough to make the illustrations accessible.

Wonderful book, if you love painting, particularly Scottish painting, get it, it's top quality.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Art 9 Jan 2010
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This is a beautifully presented book on art with an extremely high standard of reproduction, especially when it comes to the paintings. A lot of effort has been put into its production.

This is not a parochial book as the title may suggest. It may be based on a specific group of painters at a specific time but its scope is universal as good art should be, universally appealing.

If you think you hate art, buy this book as your conversion kit. If you are already a convert buy it and give yourself a huge treat.Glasgow Boys
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book 23 Feb 2011
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I HAD WATCHED A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE GROUP OF GLASWEIGAN ARTISTS "THE GLASGOW BOYS".ALTHOUGH I HAD HEARD OF THEM I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THEIR LIVES AND WORK.THEY EACH HAD THEIR OWN STYLE OF COURSE BUT BROADLY SPEAKING THEY BROKE THE MOULD WHEN THEY STARTED TO PAINT THE WORLD AROUND THEM IN A BOLD AND VIBRANT NEW WAY.I THINK THEY WERE VERY MUCH IN THE MOULD OF THE IMPRESSIONISTS , THOUGH WITH THEIR OWN VERY DIFFERENT SUBJECTS , THE LIFE AROUND THEM IN LATE 19TH CENTURY SCOTLAND.
THIS BOOK HAS PLENTY OF PICTURES OF THEIR WORK,IT TELLS YOU ABOUT THIS SMALL GROUP OF TALENTED MEN AND THE WEALTH OF ART THEY LEFT BEHIND.A LOT OF THEIR WORK HANGS IN THE PURPOSE BUILT KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY IN GLASGOW , WHICH I WOULD LIKE VERY MUCH TO VISIT. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE THE LEAST BIT INTERESTED IN ART.OF COURSE IF NOT SURE THEN YOU CAN HAVE A LOOK ON THE WEB AND GET A TASTE OF THE SUBJECT FIRST.IF YOU DO AND LIKE WHAT YOU SEE THEN I THINK YOU WILL WANT THIS BOOK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived earlier than expected - just what I wanted
Published 20 days ago by Granny Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars my brother loved this book The Glasgow Boys
I gave this to my brother for his birthday as he is an artist,he cannot stop looking at it, he loved it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by patricia holland
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
This was a Christmas present for someone who happens to love art, was born in Glasgow and also happens to be a boy! The book came wrapped in cellophane in perfect condition. Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. S. Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars A quite exceptional book
The Glasgow Boys, an informal group of some 20 artists who were influenced by Whistler and the Dutch and French Schools, especially Bastien-Lepage, painted their most radical works... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dr R
3.0 out of 5 stars NICE ILLUSTRATIONS, TEDIOUS TEXT
If you are a meticulous student of this particular minor art movement, you will probably share the views of the majority of reviewers. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2011 by Jeff Walmsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Glasgow Boys R Billcliffe
I bought this book because my brother, himself an artist, showed me his copy. I fell in love with it straight away and ordered it immediately as a present to myself. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2011 by Fiona
5.0 out of 5 stars The Glasgow boys
A beautiful book,back in print at half price!I have been searching for this for years!
Wonderfully illustrated and a brilliant text.A superb buy. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2011 by HelenP
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful overview of an overlooked group
The show at the RA was one of those that turns out to be like a first visit to Venice, just much better than you imagined and about the right size too [recent visit to the Tate... Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2011 by Robert Runge
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Book received in time for Christmas under difficult weather conditions. Book was in cellaphane wrap ideal for a present. Very happy with the purchase
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars The Glasgow Boys
This book is an excellent purchase. The illustrations are of good quality with interesting history and comments on the artists concerned.
Published on 22 Jan 2011 by Lesley E Chapman
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