The Port Of Ponza
|Title||The Port Of Ponza|
|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 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 and he responded enthusiastically to the light and colours of the Venetian lagoon. Lord Melchett was to become one of the artist’s most influential patrons.
After the end of World War II, Seago travelled abroad frequently and he made numerous extended painting trips to Europe by car. In 1949 he drove to Italy, via France and Switzerland, and visited Portofino and Lake Como, where he sketched and painted the landscape. During subsequent trips to Italy, he returned to Venice and its neighboring fishing ports.
During the mid-1950s, Seago’s travels took him to Portugal and Spain and it was during the latter part of the decade, that Seago returned, once again, to Italy. This time, he visited Rome, Naples and the small island of Ponza, located just off the south-west coast near Naples. Influenced by these trips to hotter climates, the artist concentrated on capturing the dramatic colour contrasts of these warmer and drier regions.
Throughout his life, Italy remained a source of inspiration to Seago and provided material for some of his most poignant works, including the wartime paintings of the Italian campaign, commissioned by Field Marshal Alexander, as well as some of his most joyous pictures, of which 'The Port of Ponza' is one.
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