Lot #025

Romulo Galicano

Amsterdam
signed and dated 1985 (lower right)
oil on canvas
30” x 45” (76 cm x 114 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 500,000
HP + BP : Php 700,800
Provenance Acquired directly from the artist by the
present owner
A 1974 article about Romulo Galicano says that ‘The ‘influence’ of the French Impressionists is so obvious that it hardly needs pointing out…”
Yet “…The ‘Monet’ touch in the landscapes…bears more than a resemblance of those of his first mentor Martino Abellana.”
The trees are unmistakably atmospheric in its rich, somber palette of dark colors with dramatic passages of subtle daylight.
The whole picture area is used simply as a space in which to create a composition in which the trees and the stream like water come together as a harmonious whole.
Thickly forested gardens allow painters free rein with interpretation and inventiveness and Galicano sought an art that was rooted in observation of reality.