|Paper Size (W x H)||31 x 24 ins|
Seago’s love affair with Italy first started as a young man when, in the early 1930s, he was invited to stay in Venice by Henry Mond, the second Lord Melchett. At Melchett’s Venetian home, in the company of Augustus John and Cecil Beaton, Seago first encountered the work of the great Venetian sixteenth-century masters. It was here that he was also introduced to the world of ballet. Some years later, this interest would take him to Monte Carlo and New York, where his friendship with the ballet dancer, Anton Dolin, enabled him to paint some of the world's greatest dancers.
During the 1950s and drawn by the magnificence of the city, Seago returned to Venice several times. He responded enthusiastically to the light and colours of the lagoon and it was here that he painted some of his best-loved works. He sketched and painted many of the city’s most prominent buildings including the majestic basilica of Santa Maria Della Salute, which is regarded as a masterpiece of Venetian Baroque architecture.
Designed by an unknown architect called Baldassare Longhena, building work for the Santa Maria Della Salute was finally completed in 1681. The original and unusual octagonal design for the building was selected after a competition was held, following the promise made to God by the Venetian Senate in 1630. In return for ending the plague, which had killed almost a third of the city’s 150,000 citizens, the Senate had promised to build a new basilica in Venice to honour the Virgin Mary.
'Gondolas at the Salute' shows the basilica’s ornate entrance as seen from the Grand Canal.
The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.
About the Artist
Edward Seago was born in Norwich, England in 1910. His early childhood was spent in the country and, from the age of 9, his home was in the marshland district of Norfolk. Seago was a self-taught artist but did spend a term at Norwich Art School and received advice from both Bertram Priestman R.A. and Sir Alfred Munnings.Find out more