Edward Seago is one of the giants of twentieth century painting and admired as much by artists as by collectors. He is probably best known for his English landscapes, but he was also capable of excellent figurative work and portraits. This comprehensive survey of a prolific artist includes examples of virtually all his paintings – the landscapes, wartime work, state occasions and international art.
The structure of the book is an account of Seago’s life and an analysis of his working methods. The illustrations are largely chronological, although the book progresses in themes that reflect the periods of the artist’s life. Although the earlier works are dated in their captions, the later ones are not, which is a shame.
The best collections to date of Seago’s work are probably those in Ron Ranson’s two books, but this is wider in scope and includes a great deal more written material, including anecdotes and quotations from Seago’s own books and his correspondence. It amounts to a thorough account of the man and his work.
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