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The Dance of Spring

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The Dance of Spring

The Dance of Spring by Edward Hornel (1864-1933), oil on canvas.

Although born in Australia, Hornel grew up in Kirkcudbright in Galloway after his parents decided to return home to Scotland. He studied art in Edinburgh from 1880 to 1883 and continued his studies in Antwerp.

Hornel returned to Scotland in 1885. He joined the Glasgow Art Club and became involved with the group of artists known as the Glasgow Boys, forming a close friendship with George Henry. Hornel occasionally rented a studio in Glasgow but retained a strong affection for his hometown. In 1885 he persuaded Henry to come and spend the summer painting in Galloway, and in the following years other Glasgow Boys spent their summers in Kirkcudbright.

Henry and Hornel travelled to Japan in 1893, a journey paid for by the Glaswegian art dealer Alexander Reid, and produced a number of Japanese-inspired works. Hornel spent his later years working in his studio in Kirkcudbright.

Reference: 3138

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

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