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robert macauley stevenson

Springtime, Loch Lomondside, 1886

Loch Lomond Painting

In addition to being one of ‘The Glasgow Boys’ Robert Macaulay Stevenson (1854-1952) has been attributed with coining the name.

He was heavily influenced by the French ‘Barbizon’ school of painters, so called because they worked in the vicinity of the Barbizon forest near Fontainebleau during the mid seventeenth century.

Stevenson was particularly impressed with the work of Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875) and produced landscapes that concentrated on rural life.  Like Corot, he employed muted colours and tonal effects, the silvery greys and misty green that characterised his twilight paintings earned him the nickname, ‘Moonlighter’.

Stevenson referred to his work as ‘Constructive Idealism’ and explained the term thus, "The colours fade, the aspect changes, the leaves die, the picture as it was in Nature ceases to be: the recollection remains, and that memory I transcribe on to canvas."