Lot #029

Oscar Navarro

Riverscape
signed and dated 1954 (lower right)
Oil On Canvas
16” x 19 1/2” (41 cm x 50 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 20,000
HP + BP : Php 70,080
Born in Ermita, Manila in 1921, he belonged to a batch of students at the UP School of Fine Arts whose studies were interrupted by the outbreak of WWII. Most of his classmates perished in the Bataan Death March. In 1948, he established a shop in Ermita. Navarro was a most acclaimed disciple of the classical tradition.
Unlike most affiliates of the Amorsolo school who opened art galleries in the Mabini area, he consistently produced works of quality, even in the small landscapes he sold to tourists. Navarro tried to evolve a coloring unique to his works. Greens and browns appear often in his landscapes. He eschewed Amorsolo’s yellow and orange tones. He deliberately avoided painting the brilliant tropical sunlight, and strove for his own identity.