Loose Ends: ‘Paps of Jura’ by William McTaggart

Every time I go to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, I make sure I spend some time with my favourite painting. I sit on a step in front of it since it is tucked in a stairwell. This particular Loose Ends link came from the Charles Rennie Mackintosh statue in Anderston. There is a Rennie Mackintosh section in Kelvingrove and that took me to this painting. It is a beach scene with waves cracking over the shore. The Paps of Jura, hills on that particular island, are in the background. I should explain for non-Scottish readers that paps are breasts. There are quite a few so-named hills in Scotland.

As I sat down in front of the painting this time a girl was walking down the stairs taking a selfie rather than looking at the art. A selfie might be art but there’s a whole lot of art around in Kelvingrove without having to make your own. It was a bit loud that day, though, with my fingers in my ears as it felt like being in a swimming pool with the drowned acoustics plus of course that organ. I know it is a popular feature of Kelvingrove but I absolutely loathe it. Anyway, I imagined myself on that beach in Kintyre, hearing waves and the call of seabirds, and that made it all feel a bit better.

The obvious connection for next time would be to actually go to Jura or Westport Beach, where the painting was created. I’m not sure how I could make that happen but we’ll see. If that isn’t doable, anywhere with a McTaggart painting would work, Kirkcaldy or the National Gallery in Edinburgh, to give just two examples. Neither would be a problem in the slightest, McTaggart’s paintings having a great effect wherever I find them.

Thank you for reading. Another Loose Ends adventure follows a week on Sunday.

This post is part of a series. Links to all of the Loose Ends adventures can be found on the Loose Ends page.

13 thoughts on “Loose Ends: ‘Paps of Jura’ by William McTaggart

  1. Alli Templeton

    That does look a beautiful painting, Kev, and a good connection with CRM. If you can get to the beach at Jura, that would be an amazing link. Aside from it being a fantastic place to go, if you know you’re going where it was painted it would be particularly special to stand on the same sands. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You’re welcome. Unfortunately figuring out how to do that particular one proved too complex. The next connection is done, though, and it was a beach linked to another favourite painting.

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