INNES, James Dickson (1887 - 1914)
Media: oil on panel
Size: 23.0 x 33.0 cm
Acquired: 1954; Gift; Sir Edward Marsh
Accession Number: NMW A 202
This vividly coloured view of Arenig isolates the mountain against a luminous sky. Innes discovered Arenig, near Bala, in 1910 and painted it repeatedly. As his friend Augustus John said, Arenig became ‘ever his spiritual home’. Innes had travelled widely in the south of France and brought the bold colour and clear light of the Mediterranean to this painting of his native Wales. The simplicity of design, vivid flat colours and the concentration of this composition of about 1911 upon the mountain motif recalls Japanese prints such as Hokusai's colour woodcuts of Mount Fuji.