WILSON, Richard
(b. 1714, Penegoes, d. 1782, Colommendy)

View of Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle

c. 1766
Oil on canvas, 100 x 127 cm
Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham

Wilson composes his landscape entirely in blues, greens and browns linked together in finely transparent shading. The atmosphere carries itself and no longer depends on individual pictorial components as its vehicle. The outlines of the mountains, trees, and shoreline, and the mirror image on the water, create their own system of movement and counter-movement that requires no stabilizing compositional techniques.