May Evening, Clew Bay.
The combination of landscape, light and mood that we can see on Clew Bay on a beautiful spring evening is one that inspired painters of the early 19th century artistic style of Romanticism. They regarded these scenes as representing ‘all that stuns the soul, leads to the sublime’. Landscapes showing the light and mood that we see here were often used as a background in large paintings representing man’s struggle against the awesome power of nature. The Romanticism school of painting may not be as popular as it once was. However, on a beautiful spring evening in the west of Ireland we do witness landscapes and light that stun the soul and lead to the sense of the sublime.