Lot #014

Benedicto Cabrera

a.) Untitled (Sabel 1), b.) Untitled (Sabel 2)
each: mixed media
each: 8” x 6 1/4” (20 cm x 16 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 80,000
HP + BP : Php 759,200
Provenance Private Collection, Makati City
One could say that the Sabel persona began in 1966 in the ink medium and constitutes the quintessential Ben Cabrera. These two incarnations of Sabel are contemporary reincarnations in the visual arts of the hapless character of Sisa in Rizal’s novel, Noli me Tangere, where she becomes a wandering and witless vagrant after the loss of her sons. Having entered Bencab’s anxious dreams, she appears and disappears from his art intermittently for years, a fluid presence evading strict definition. She first appeared in 1966 as an indistinct figure caught between the light and dark tones of the ink medium. A series of paintings in the 1970s period showed the process of her etherealization into abstraction.