The painting titled "La mer de l’espoir / Ther Sea of Hope” was used for the poster for the literary readings event held on August 9th readings during Montreal’s Italian Week.
The sea of hope
From the collection The seven seas
Acrylics on canvas 18 in. x 36 in. – 45 cm x 90 cm
At the end of the Second World War (1939-1945), millions of people from all countries, including young men in their twenties, left their families and everything they knew to immigrate. Some came to America. I wanted to tell their story, which is also the story of my father Francesco Angeloro, his friends and his generation, all of whom went on a search for an American dream that met their ambitions and aspirations.
At the same time, I wanted to emphasize that the very reasons associated to immigrant reality remain the same for everyone. No one leaves his or her country to live elsewhere simply for the sake of adventure. Immigrating is not going on a trip. To immigrate means to surrender to the unknown with the hope that things will go well; It is to believe that it is possible to change one’s political, social or economic condition. To immigrate is tough because it implies that you knowingly accept that you will no longer be the same, yourself nor your descendants.
The painting entitled The Sea of Hope brings together the emotions and moods of the immigrants as they approach their new land.