Lot #019

Fernando Amorsolo

Under the Mango Tree
signed and dated 1936 (lower right)
oil on canvas
20” x 30” (51 cm x 76 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 2,400,000
HP + BP : Php 4,905,600
Authenticity This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Mrs. Sylvia Amorsolo-Lazo confirming the authenticity of this lot.
Provenance Acquired directly from the artist by Burton Guysi who bought the paintings for his wife Gladys in 1938. He was a banker in Manila originally from San Francisco.
When Claude Monet painted the Rouen Cathedral series, he had long since been impressed with the way light imparts to a subject a distinctly different character at different times of the day and the year, and as atmospheric conditions change.

Just like Monet kept on painting the Rouen cathedral, Amorsolo has painted this recurring subject of three women under a mango tree many times yet they were never studies of the same subjects under different lighting conditions. For Amorsolo, the effects of light on a subject became as important as the subject itself.

Amorsolo attempts to illustrate the importance of light in the audiences’ perception of a subject at a given time and place.

True to his belief that art and the ideals of life should be integrally related, Amorsolo always chose to return to the rural themes of his youth, the march of modernization notwithstanding. Almost everything he painted about daily life in the countryside smacked of the utopian.