Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting
5 July – 26 October 2014
Free to all
The first major exhibition devoted to the artist in 30 years, it features many of his greatest paintings and drawings.
Regarded as the ‘father of British landscape painting,’ Wilson transformed the genre in the 1700s – not only in the UK but across Europe. One of the founding members of the Royal Academy, he is described as the 'most distinguished painter Wales has ever produced and the first to appreciate the aesthetic possibilities of his country'.
Wilson was one of the first painters to advocate the use of landscape 'for its own sake', rather than relegating it to the background of other works. This new way of thinking inspired the likes of John Constable and JMW Turner, as well as Mengs, Francesco Zuccarelli, Joseph Vernet and Louis Blanchet, whose work is represented here.
This exhibition marks the 300th anniversary of the artist's birth.