Lot #035

Romeo Tabuena

Balloons
signed and dated 1968 (upper left)
oil on masonite board
31 1/2” x 39 1/2” (80 cm x 100 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 300,000
HP + BP : Php 397,120
Although having moved to Mexico in the early 50s, much of Romeo Tabuena’s creations had still featured a very Filipino aesthetic and context. Over the years, Tabuena’s artistic predilections had veered towards the more brilliant and festive — featuring the pinks and blues redolent of joyous celebration, akin to that of a fiesta.
This very work features the iconic master’s distinct brand of cubism, meld with a mirthful cast and setting. The balloons that accompany the women suggest of the festivities — evoking a merry air that pervades the composition done masterfully in thick impasto.