Piper's pictures of Snowdonia bought for Wales
- National Museum Cardiff
- 21 February 2014
A collection of views of Snowdonia by neo-romantic artist John Piper have been bought by Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales with help from the Art Fund.
The mountains of North Wales were a key inspiration to Piper. Between the early 1940s and the mid 1950s he rented two cottages in the Snowdonia area, using them as a base for travelling around the landscape. His work in that period captured the complex, semi-abstract forms and rich colours of the Welsh mountains.
The works were first shown at National Museum Cardiff in 2012, and have now been acquired for the Welsh national collection with support from the Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Derek Williams Trust.
The works will go on display from Saturday 22 February 2014 at National Museum Cardiff's new exhibition Wales Visitation: Poetry, Romanticism and Myth in Art Imagined. Piper's works will hang alongside pieces by artists including David Jones, Richard Long, Graham Sutherland and Clare Woods.
Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: 'National Museum Wales, a key centre for the art of John Piper, is the most fitting home for a collection of works revealing the artist’s varied and invigorating image of Wales. We are really pleased to be helping the museum make this nationally important acquisition.'