Lot #015

Simeon Saulog

Mother and Child
signed and dated 1959 (lower right)
oil on canvas
22” x 18” (56 cm x 46 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 80,000
HP + BP : Php 151,840
Provenance Private Collection, USA
The unity that exists between mother and child has been expressed by various artists through the centuries and portraits of the subject have had a strong appeal. During the Renaissance, Florentines clamoured for paintings of the Madonna and Child. Botticelli rendered his romanticized versions and Raphael pleased his patrons with sweetly sensitive interpretations. And the treasured portraits of mother and child that hung for generations on the walls in many an upper class Filipino home confirm that Filipinos share the Italian renaissance appreciation of spiritually moving portraits of motherhood.
Saulog’s works reflect a number of basic truths. Perhaps a nostalgia for the good things slipping away. The quiet moment people long for. People are drawn to his paintings by common feelings that go beyond art.