Regarded as the ‘father of British landscape painting,’ Richard Wilson transformed the art of landscape painting in the 1700s, not only in the UK but across Europe. A new exhibition - Richard Wilson (1714-1782) and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting – will be on show at National Museum Cardiff until the 29 October and Yale Center for British Art (6 March – 1 June) during 2014, to mark 300 years since his birth.
Wilson was a pioneer in marketing his landscape painting, and he later influenced the work of John Constable, J. M. W. Turner, and their peers in Britain and Europe.
The exhibition will feature many of Wilson’s greatest paintings and drawings. It also will include key paintings by earlier masters, Claude Lorrain and Gaspard Dughet, as well as works by Wilson’s contemporaries, Mengs, Francesco Zuccarelli, Charles Joseph Natoire, Joseph Vernet, Louis Blanchet, and more.