The artist has enlivened this flamboyant, sketch-like view of the Edwardian castle from across the Afon Seiont, animating with dancing brushwork and hot colour what otherwise might have been just another topographical depiction of the familiar Welsh castle. At least three other views of Caernarfon Castle by the artist are known – two watercolours and another oil painting. Brangwyn was an admired and prolific British artist and designer, best known for his important mural compositions in Europe and America, and as a prodigious printmaker. He made a sensational debut with exotic marine and Mediterranean compositions and illustrations. He had contact with European art and design through his own background (he was born in Belgium) and his many travels in Europe, Africa and the Near East. Brangwyn generously donated works to many public collections, including to Bangor University, which has drawings, prints and the remains of his library. This painting complements those holdings.
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Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery
Ffordd Gwynedd, Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, LL57 1DT
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purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the Art Fund, Bangor University, Friends of Gwynedd Museum and Gywnedd Council
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