Lot #029

Angelito Antonio

Tres Marias
signed and dated 1971 (lower left)
oil on canvas
36” x 50” (91 cm x 127 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 180,000
HP + BP : Php 373,760
Provenance Private Collection, Singapore
There is a soft, mellow uneasiness in the dissonance of colors — the cool yellows, the frosty blues that makes for the strength of this work.
For Angelito Antonio, colors represented the optimism and nobility of his lowly subjects in art, and a hope for relief from the pessimistic associations from which they are usually described with.
This composition is in sharp contrast to his more Manansala-esque works earlier in his career, when Angelito Antonio’s choice of colors and geometric faceting technique started with a black and white series. Using black charcoal like strokes as the structuring principle of his works, he has through the years experimented with particular hues to delineate figures, but later developed his own color schemes using such colors as acidic yellow.
Peasant women and the like is a subject that could have earned the artist the reputation for being a social realist painter, but Antonio’s three women almost succeed in becoming a slick almost non-objective work.