Lot #028

Solomon Saprid

Self Portrait
signed and dated 1975 (bottom)
brass and wood
artwork: H:18” x L:10” x W:15” (46 cm x 25 cm x 38 cm) with base: H:40” x L:14 1/2” x W:15” (102 cm x 37 cm x 38 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 120,000
Provenance Private Collection, Manila
Through his magisterial works referencing the denizens of our local folklores through his signature rough-hewn forms, Solomon Saprid quietly established himself as one of the most notable Filipino sculptors of the 20th century. In this rare self-portrait, Saprid trained his gaze and examined the man that he was in the intersection of biography and history. A bust relief, the work shows the image of Saprid with hair parted in the middle, bespectacled, and endowed with a full pair of lips. The slight tilting of the head suggests levity, as though the figure has snatched an amusing thought and is now in the process of parsing it. It is at once a powerful and endearing portrait of a master at the height of his powers, who had produced sculptural marvels never before seen.