Spend a few hours browsing the works at the Glyn Vivian Art Gallery to enjoy some of the finest painting to come out of Wales, as well as works by British and European masters such as Claude Monet and Barbara Hepworth.
The gallery was founded in 1911 after Richard Glyn Vivian gifted the extensive collection of artwork he had amassed while on his travels to the people of Swansea. Since then the gallery has continued to evolve with a multi-million pound restoration project of the building set to be completed in 2015.
The gallery’s permanent collection features works that date from the middle of the 18th-century to the present day with a particular focus on the 1900s. One of the oldest oil paintings you can see is a depiction of a leafy scene titled Solitude, by Richard Wilson. This exquisite piece is fitting of the man described as the father of British landscape painting and it makes for a great place to begin your tour.
Carry on to the 19th-century section of the gallery and you will come across works by Frenchman Gustave Dore and a fine depiction of sailing boats by Monet himself.
As you continue through the exhibitions you will notice that the number of paintings by Welsh artists increases as you move forward in time. There are several sublime 20th-century portraits by Gwen John as well as vibrant scenes of South Wales from William Grant Murray and Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris. One section you won’t want to miss holds several intriguing works by local painter Ceri Richards, inspired by poetry and music.
At the time of writing the Glyn Vivian Art Gallery is closed while restoration takes place but it is scheduled to reopen in later in 2015. The gallery is on Alexandra Road, a short walk north of the city centre.