Friday, April 10, 2015
Well that did me a power of good!
I started at the National Museum of Wales, the Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymru, where I made a beeline for the gallery where the Impressionists are displayed.
Thanks to the sisters Gwendoline and Margaret Davies of Gregynog, the Museum has a fine collection of art, including sculptures by Rodin and paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas and Van Gogh, among many many others. The sisters were heiresses of one of the great fortunes of Victorian industry and, encouraged by their understanding of their responsibility to the Lord Jesus Christ - they were Calvinistic Methodists - they invested substantial sums to purchase new works of art, advised by London dealers, but choosing themselves what they thought they ought to buy. They bequeathed their collection to the Welsh nation, and so we have free access to wonderful paintings of Monet's waterlilies, of Rouen cathedral and scenes of Venice as well as many other wonderful treasures.