Lot #025

Vicente Manansala

signed and dated 1976 (lower left)
Watercolor On Paper
14 1/2” x 11” (37 cm x 28 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 100,000
HP + BP : Php 186,880
Provenance Private Collection, Makati City
Vicente Manansala’s transparent cubism flaunts a translucence and ethereality — a lightness akin to that of his earlier works with watercolor that preceded them. Evidently, Manansala’s technical mastery has shone thru with his masterful approach with watercolor — so much so that such works have become pieces of great renown. Light, reminiscent, and inviting, these creations bear with them an inimitable allure; much like that of a pleasant childhood memory.
As can be seen in this work from 1976, Manansala executes his scene exquisitely. The lush, vibrant foliage, warm sunlit atmosphere, and intricate detail all come together — creating a nostalgic blend of the familiar and the idyllic.