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Augustus John and Welsh mountains

Duration: 01:54

Presenter Kim Howells climbs rocks near Tanygrisiau, near Blaenau Ffestiniog, explaining how Welsh artist Augustus John had little time for the people of Wales, calling them ignorant. He was however inspired by its mountains. Having often climbed in the area, Howells understands how this part of Snowdonia attracted the artist. Referring to a painting called Welsh Mountains, he shows the exact spot from where it was painted, and the ruins of a cottage nearby where the artist stayed. He explains that John was not interested in portraying the vibrant industry of a working slate quarry that was close by at that time, but was much more interested in the beautiful landscape of Snowdonia.

Available since: Thu 13 Dec 2012

This clip is from

Framing Wales Episode 1

Kim Howells explores the dramatic story of Welsh art in the 20th century.

First broadcast: 24 Feb 2011

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