Corner of the Champs Élysées signed 'Edward Seago' (lower left) oil on board 46 x 61 cm. (18 x 24 in.)
PROVENANCE: With M. Newman, London
Edward Seago made eight major painting trips to France between 1951 and 1967. He frequently sailed his boat Capricorn across the Channel and would moor in the Basin of Honfleur before beginning his journey up the Seine to Paris.
The banks of the Seine and the busy Parisian boulevards inspired him to paint some of his finest urban scenes capturing the Place de la Concorde and the Jardins des Tuileries, as well as the Champs Élysées. He wrote: 'For my part I was fascinated by the sunlight and shadow of those crowded walks beneath the chestnut trees, by the ever moving colourful pattern of men women and children, dogs and perambulators...' (Edward Seago, With Capricorn to Paris, 1956, pp.89 and 90).
His enjoyment and success in capturing this dappled light and relaxed atmosphere is particularly evident in the present example.