Transcending Boundaries: International Modern and Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 25 October 2023

International Modern and Contemporary Art

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Lot 43
  • Edward Seago; A Spanish Castle
  • Edward Seago; A Spanish Castle
  • Edward Seago; A Spanish Castle

Lot Estimate
ZAR 80 000 - 120 000
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About this Item

British 1910-1974
A Spanish Castle

signed; inscribed with the artist's name, the title and medium on a P D Colnaghi & Co label adhered to the reverse

oil on board
26,5 by 39cm excluding frame; 54,5 by 67 by 4,5cm including frame


Born in Norwich, Edward Seago is widely regarded as one of England's most esteemed landscape painters. His early years were spent in East Anglia, where his painting is deeply rooted. Due to health issues, Seago was mostly self-taught, although he received guidance and support from notable artists such as Sir Alfred Munnings and Bertram Priestman. Seago painted landscapes, skyscapes, seascapes, street scenes, and portraits, with a particular emphasis on the natural world. He drew inspiration from Dutch landscape painting as well as various English painters, including those associated with the Norwich School. His atmospheric, Impressionistic painting style is characterised by his spontaneous response to his immediate surroundings. He skilfully captured the beauty of the landscape, the interplay of light on the earth and sky, and the harmonious relationship between humanity and nature, all with a profound sensitivity and authenticity. In the 1950s and 1960s, Seago embarked on extensive travels, including a journey to Antarctica at the invitation of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. He meticulously observed and painted the landscapes he encountered during his travels.

Seago's artwork has been admired and sought after by a diverse range of collectors worldwide, from everyday individuals to members of royalty. He developed a close association with the British Royal family, who possess an extensive collection of his works. Seago exhibited annually in London and regularly in South Africa, Canada, and the United States of America. His exhibitions were highly anticipated, often resulting in sold-out shows with eager patrons queuing for access. His paintings were also displayed at prestigious venues such as the Royal Academy and the Paris Salon.

Edward Seago was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) in 1946 and the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) in 1959. He died in 1974, but his legacy continues, with numerous exhibitions of his work having taken place since his death.

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