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Richard Wilson (1714 - 1782) and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting

5 July–26 October 2014 (National Museum Cardiff is open for most Bank Holidays, please check prior to your visit to ensure the museum will be open.)
MENGS, Anton Raphael (1728 - 1779), Richard Wilson
MENGS, Anton Raphael (1728 - 1779)
Richard Wilson (1713-1782)
c. 1752
oil on canvas
purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund, 1947
NMW A 113
Landscape painting of 'Dinas Bran from Llangollen' by Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson (1714-1782)
Dinas Bran from Llangollen, 1770 to 1771, oil on canvas
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

Richard Wilson (1714-1782), <em>Ceyx and Alcyone  1768,

Richard Wilson (1714-1782)
Ceyx and Alcyone, 1768, oil on canvas
© National Museum of Wales

Richard Wilson (1714-82), <em>Rome from the Ponte Molle</em>, 1754.
Richard Wilson (1714-82), Rome from the Ponte Molle, 1754. Oil on canvas, 110.5 x 137 cm. National Museum Wales, Cardiff [NMW A 70]

This major loan exhibition marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wilson (1714-1782), perhaps Wales’s greatest artist.

Before Wilson, British artists painted the landscape to record its appearance. Wilson showed how landscape paintings could have layers of meanings and convey mood and emotions too.

During the 1750s, Wilson travelled to Italy and his experience there transformed his work. The exhibition examines the many European artists he met and the travelling British patrons who bought his work. It also explores how he applied his new vision of landscape painting in England and Wales, and how he marketed his landscape art through the London print trade.

Finally the exhibition shows how he exerted a powerful influence upon the art of John Constable, J. M. W. Turner and their contemporaries in Britain and Europe.

The exhibition has been co-organized with the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

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