Lock at Amfreville, France
Lock at Amfreville, France by Edward Seago
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24" / 46cms x 61cms
ainted from the tow path beside the Orne Canal in Amfreville, a quiet village near the coast of Normandy, The Lock at Amfreville, France perfectly captures the tranquillity that delighted Seago on his many French adventures aboard The Capricorn. These painting trips across the Channel inspired the artist to use livelier brushstrokes, a looser style and a palette of heightened intensity with a greater emphasis on pure colour. The Lock at Amfreville, France is a symphony of green, intensified against the bright blue of the sky. The figures on the sunlit path lead the eye into the picture and towards the lock reflected on the surface of the water in the distance.
The Lock at Amfreville, France is typical of Seago’s mature style, and his skill at capturing atmosphere with impressionistic brushstrokes. The composition is open and uncluttered, utilising the simplicity of composition and colour for individual expression and conveying Seago’s personal emotional response to nature.