Glasgow

A very different view for you on this occasion…

Buchanan Street

This was taken on Saturday and there’s not a ridge in sight! This is Buchanan street in Glasgow’s city centre and I swear, there must have been as many people on that street as there are on the whole of Skye! I had been whisked away by Kevin for a city break as a birthday treat and this was the view which greeted us as we emerged from Glasgow’s underground, known locally as the ‘clockwork orange’! It’s smaller than other underground trains we’ve travelled on. Personally I think that it was built by hobbits and look; here it is, disappearing down a hobbit hole!

clockwork orange

Also, the noise in the street was difficult for our countryside ears to adapt to! There was a contemporary pipe and drum ensemble giving it their all just outside the station…

street band

Earlier in the day however, we’d enjoyed some quieter culture in the Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Museum.

Kelvingrove museum

Nouveau handles

museum

Nouveau lighting

We spent some time in the museum part, but the art gallery was where we spent most of our time. One of the most significant paintings there is Salvador Dali’s ‘Christ of St. John of the Cross’. Spectacular it certainly is but I found it a wee bit unsettling for some reason.

Dali

My favourite exhibition was that of The Glasgow Boys…

Glasgow Boys

…and the painting which took my breath away was, ‘The Druids, Bringing in The Mistletoe’ by George Henry and E.A. Hornel in 1890. The two different styles of each artist were quite clear within the painting. I could have looked at it all day!

Druids, mistletoe

cattle, mistletoe

Here’s a small selection of other paintings which I particularly enjoyed…

'A Funeral Service in the Highlands' James Guthrie, 1881-82

‘A Funeral Service in the Highlands’
James Guthrie, 1881-82

'Massacre of Glencoe' James Hamilton 1883-86

‘Massacre of Glencoe’
James Hamilton 1883-86

'Bannockburn' John Hassal 1914-15 (the one WITHOUT Mel Gibson!)

‘Bannockburn’
John Hassal 1914-15
(the one WITHOUT Mel Gibson!)

One of Kevin’s favourites…

'Homewards' William Kennedy approx. 1891

‘Homewards’
William Kennedy approx. 1891

After the Kelvin Grove, we visited the (replica) house of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh. I’d been really looking forward to this, having the chance to get up close to some of his uniquely styled furniture. However, for me it would seem that less is more where Mackintosh furniture is concerned. One or two pieces and I can appreciate the simple, stylish lines of his designs, but a whole houseful was way to architectural, rigid and contrived for my taste. Here is a small selection of his furniture designs if you’re not familiar with them.

Some furniture designs by C.R. MacIntosh

Some furniture designs by C.R. MacIntosh

The soft, Art Nouveau accessories by his wife however were beautiful. Several of her husband’s furniture pieces were adorned with her beaten, silver-plated brass panels such as this one…

A piece by Margaret MacDonald MacIntosh

A piece by Margaret MacDonald MacIntosh

Should we ever return to Glasgow, I think that I would probably like to tour the city and enjoy the architecture of buildings designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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2 Responses to “Glasgow”

  1. Diane Fairhall Says:

    Well that was something different, Christine. I’ve never stopped at Glasgow – we just drive through on the motorway, but having seen some of its delights I could happily spend a few days there although I wouldn’t appreciate the noise either. It’s just a couple of hours from here, too. I’m a great fan of Mackintosh but I agree you can have too much of a good thing. I would like to see the architecture, though – wonder when we could fit it in? 🙂

  2. garybuie01 Says:

    So much to do and so little time to do it in! Glasgow is definitely worth a visit though.
    Christine

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