David Gauld (Scottish, 1865—1936) studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1882 to 1885 and exhibited works at the Paisley Art Institute; later he was employed as an illustrator for the Glasgow Weekly Citizen. He also designed stained glass panels—work that inspired some of his most notable paintings. In the two remarkable oils reproduced here, Music and Saint Agnes, Gauld’s use of flattened perspective and rich, clear colors beautifully recreates the effect of stained glass, while the thickness of the paint and unusual brushwork suggest the texture of a tapestry.
Gauld was one of the Glasgow Boys, a group of about twenty young artists who were born or worked mainly in Scotland and revolutionized Scottish art in the late nineteenth century. Although they worked in a variety of styles, they shared an aesthetic that opposed contemporary conventions of subject, style, and finish; their enthusiasm
was for the real, the natural, and the uncontrived.
Published with Glasgow Museums. Contains five each of the following two notecards: Saint Agnes, 1889–1890, and Music, 1889.