Moonlit Ocean, Valletta, signed Joseph Galea, Malta, 1966. SOLD 20.05.2014.
Oil on board, signed and dated by the artist. Dimensions : Frame : 580mm x 489mm x 38mm. Image : 480mm x 390mm. Weight : 1.700kg net. Condition : Good.
Moonlit Ocean, Valletta, oil on board, signed Jos. Galea, Malta, 1966. Framed .
Dimensions : Frame : 580mm x 489mm x 38mm. Image : 480mm x 390mm.
Condition/Notes : Good. The oil painting depicts a moonlit night seascape of Valletta from the sea. The cloudy sky is reflected in the dark ocean. The colours are strong and vibrant. The famous bastion of Valletta Harbour can be seen in the distance offering an unusual view of this well known structure.The painting is signed in the lower rh corner "Jos. Galea Malta 1944" in the artist's usual manner. (Following a consultation with the artist's family it has been decided that this painting was more likely created in 1966 than 1944 as Joseph was not painting in oils at that time during the war. The written date is somewhat obscure but is probably 66 or 61 rather than 44). The basic wooden frame appears to be the original and has been over painted in cream; the original gilt paint is showing through in places. The back of the frame is plain wood with a card backing board attached, secured by arrow points and sealed with 100mm gummed tape. This backing appears to be a more recent addition probably replacing the original. Hooks and cord attached. An interesting and somewhat unusual work by this famous artist. Please view the images below :