Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

French Impressionist paintings

Our collection of French art, from about 1850 to 1910, is one of the largest in Britain and is of international importance. Many of these works form part of the Davies bequest, assembled by the sisters Gwendoline and Margaret Davies from an industrial fortune made in the Rhondda by their grandfather, the Victorian entrepreneur David Davis. Central to the collection are an exceptional group of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Cézanne and Van Gogh. Research on Impressionism and the Davies collection has continued since the 1950s (catalogues, academic articles, more popular publications, exhibitions), and we have just appointed a member of staff with research experience in this field. Two current projects are: