Lot #008

Fernando Zobel

a.) Untitled b.) Orilla XV c.) Untitled
signed (lower left) each
a.) serigraph 98/460 b.) print c.) serigraph 262/300
a.) 23 1/2” x 23 1/2” (60 cm x 60 cm) b.) 16” x 11 1/2” (41 cm x 29 cm) c.) 11” x 15” (28 cm x 38 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 70,000
HP + BP : Php 116,800
Provenance Private Collection, Manila
Expression over perfection, vitality over finish, fluctuation over repose, the unknown over the known.
Fernando Zobel is perhaps the most intellectual and cosmopolitan of the group that exhibited at the PAG in its “salad years”. He has the Renaissance man’s wide ranging interests: classical music and contemporary fiction, poetry and myth and much more. Besides being a painter, he is also a superb etcher and draftsman.
By the mid-50s he had discarded subject matter to experiment with Abstract expressionism (e.g. Hans Hoffmann, Franz Kline, and Willem de Kooning) and his earlier retention of exuberant colors during the mid-century gave way to a more earthier spectrum.
In spite of his intellectual approach, Zobel avoided giving further meaning to his paintings beyond their titles, unlike many abstractionists who would give complex descriptions of their works.