Lot #023

Cesar Buenaventura

signed and dated 1978 (lower right)
oil on canvas
36” x 48” (91 cm x 122 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 100,000
HP + BP : Php 186,880
Provenance Private Collection, Makati City
Since the church had a prominent place in provincial life, it is not surprising that Cesar Buenaventura painted it as an exemplary subject. In this picture of a provincial church, the artist has made the church more imposing than in reality. He depicts a traditional subject through a single image approach to space. It is a device akin to the literal representation associated with the Magic Realism of the 1960s. The church, set against a soft, atmospheric background, is done in an almost photo-realist manner.