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Tradition, The - A New History of Welsh Art 1400 - 1990
Peter Lord
ISBN: 9781910409626 (1910409626)Publication Date: August 2017
Publisher: Parthian Books
Format: Hardback, 276x235 mm, 400 pages Language: English Available Our Price: £50.00 
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Peter Lord surveys the evolution of the visual culture of Wales from the Renaissance to the end of the 20th century in this new, single-volume history, which illustrates some 400 landscapes and portrait paintings, prints and sculptures. He describes how the work emerged from its Welsh historical context and was related to the art of other cultures.

Yn y gyfrol hon mae Peter Lord yn cyflwyno arolwg o esblygiad diwylliant gweledol Cymru o gyfnod y Dadeni hyd at ddiwedd yr 20fed ganrif, gan ddisgrifio sut y tyfodd o'i wreiddiau Cymreig a'i berthynas â diwylliannau eraill. Cynhwysir oddeutu 400 o dirluniau a phortreadau, printiadau a cherfluniau.
In this new, impressive and very readable study, Peter Lord surveys authoritatively the evolution of the visual culture of Wales from the Renaissance era, when the nation was gradually recovering from the ravages of the Glyndŵr rebellion, almost to the end of the twentieth century. The history of the period since 1992 has been largely excluded because of the author's substantial personal involvement in the Welsh art scene during these years.

Written for everyone with an interest in the art and history of Wales, the volume illustrates 400 landscapes and portrait paintings, prints and sculptures. Many of these are reproduced here for the first time and cover a wide range of visual media including painting, watercolour, print, photography and sculpture, along with various related artefacts. The author describes in detail both how the work emerged from its Welsh historical context and was related to the art of other Welsh cultures. Revealing the many important discoveries and re-interpretations made since the first publication of The Visual Culture of Wales series in 1998, The Tradition is the first such study published in half a century and is the only study now in print that encompasses the whole field of Welsh visual art. The text of the volume is divided into five discrete historical periods, each the subject of a substantial, richly documented chapter.

As the author delineates in this study, the wish to collect and preserve personal portraits arose initially from the opposition of the Puritans to religious images. And the appreciation of landscape paintings was much enhanced by the anxiety of the gentry class to exhibit to the wider world their extensive landholdings and their grand homes. Shifts in social taste facilitated the elevation of humble artisan to the dignity of artist.

Different regions of Wales figure large in this story from time to time. During the severe depression between the two world wars, the Swansea area produced a remarkable crop of talent in the context of which Dylan Thomas’s and other authors' literary work might well be profitably reviewed. Immediately after World War II it was the turn of Cardiff and its feeder coalfield valleys to become the cradle of artistic talent, shortly before an increasingly institutionalised and state-sponsored ‘art scene’ turned its face away from representational images and towards the ‘international style’ of abstract expression so beloved since then.

The Tradition includes 400 high-quality, full-colour reproductions of many famous and esoteric Welsh artworks, from a positive array of distinguished artists such as Augustus John, Gwen John, Ceri Richards, Christopher Williams, Sydney Curnow Vosper, John Elwyn, Sir Kyffin Williams, and many other famous names.

Although the volume has, disappointingly, no bibliography, it contains throughout the text helpful footnote references which guide the interested enthusiast to further reading on the subject. Included here, too, are many quotations from original source materials.

This landmark publication expresses a far-reaching, profound and often unexpected generational change in the way we understand and value the visual culture of Wales.

J. Graham Jones


It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddio'r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.

Author Biography:
Peter Lord was born in Exeter in 1948, and now lives near Aberystwyth. Initially, he worked as a sculptor, designing several large scale public works, notably the Hywel Dda Memorial at Whitland. However, in 1986 he decided to concentrate on writing about visual culture, and since then has published some twelve studies on various aspects of the subject. These include the three volumes of The Visual Culture of Wales (University of Wales Press, 1998-2003), regarded as the standard work on the subject. In 1999 he wrote and presented a seven-part series about Welsh visual culture, The Big Picture, for BBC Wales, and he continues to interpret the subject on television and radio. He has lectured on Welsh art in Germany and the United States, where he was a visiting scholar at the British Art Center at Yale.
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Peter Lord surveys the evolution of the visual culture of Wales from the Renaissance to the end of the twentieth century in this new, single-volume history. Written for everyone with an interest in the art and history of Wales, the volume illustrates some 400 landscapes and portrait paintings, prints and sculptures. The author describes both how the work emerged from its Welsh historical context and was related to the art of other cultures. Revealing the many discoveries made since the first publication of The Visual Culture of Wales series in 1998, The Tradition is the only study now in print that encompasses the whole field of Welsh visual art. It is published with the support of the National Museum of Wales, The Paul Mellon Foundation, Swansea University and the Welsh Books Council.
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