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Artwork of 'unique vision of Wales' bought for £1m

The Rise of the Dovey by John Piper. A collection has been bought by the museum. Credit: National Museum Wales

A collection of works worth £974,000 by the artist John Piper has been bought for Wales’ national art collection.

The series of works by the the mid-20th century neo-romantic artist – was purchased with support form the Heritage Lottery Fund the Derek Williams Trust and the Art Fund.

Much of the collection, including nine further works given to Amgueddfa Cymru as a gift, will be on display at National Museum Cardiff from Saturday, 22 February 2014 as part of a new exhibition inspired by Wales’ Celtic past, folklore and landscape.

Piper’s works include views of Snowdonia. The mountains of North Wales provided a key source of inspiration to Piper from the early 1940s to the mid-1950s, during which time he rented two cottages in the area.

David Anderson, Director General, National Museum Wales said, "The success of the exhibition by John Piper in 2012 confirmed to us how popular the artist is to the people of Wales, and therefore how important it is to add to the representation of his work in the national collection."

Click here for more on the work of John Piper.

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L. S. Lowry works to go on display

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A section of one of Lowry's paintings of Wales Credit: ITV Wales

Three large L. S. Lowry canvases of Wales will be displayed together for the first time. They are among several of the artist's works to be exhibited at the Tate Gallery from tomorrow. The paintings form the climax of the Tate Gallery's exhibition on the artist.

Sir Kyffin Williams painting sells for £32,450 at auction

An auction of paintings by Welsh artists "surpassed expectations", according to auction house Bonhams.

The sale, which took place in Chester on March 6th, saw a landscape by Sir Kyffin Williams fetch £32,450 - exceeding an estimate of £18,000 – 22,000.

"Most of the Kyffin Williams pictures went to great enthusiasts of his work, both in Wales and in the rest of the country" said a spokesperson.

Cardiff's Welsh art auction: prices 'could reach £30,000'

"If you do want a very good Kyffin Williams landscape in this sale, you might be paying up to £20,000 or £30,000 for an example", Bonhams auctioneer Jeff Muse tells our Correspondent Carl Edwards.

"It is a lot of money, but I think what you get for your money is you get an iconic Welsh name, you get a work that will hopefully live with you for many years."

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Sir Kyffin Williams art goes on display ahead of Cardiff auction

Work by artists such as Sir Kyffin Williams will be part of the display Credit: ITV News Wales

Paintings by some of the greatest Welsh artists will go on display in Cardiff today.

Work by iconic Welsh artists such as Sir Kyffin Williams, John Piper and Ceri Richards will be exhibited at the fine art auction house in the city centre.

Organisers say visitors will get a glimpse of what Wales is like through the eyes of the artists: "From the beautiful, wild ruggedness of north Wales mountainous landscapes to characters on the streets of Swansea, all of Wales is represented in oil paints, watercolour or drawings."

It's a room full of artwork you're never likely to see again

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One of the privately owned Kyffin Williams' paintings on display at the exhibition Credit: ITV Wales News

It's a room full of artwork you're never likely to see again - Oriel Ynys Mon in Llangefni are hosting a special exhibition of SIr Kyffin Williams' work.

But what makes it really special is the fact that they're all privately owned - drawn from collectors across the world - so if you can't make it to Anglesey, you can catch the exhibition tonight on Wales Tonight......

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