The Magnificent September Auction 2019

September 14,2019 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines



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Fernando Amorsolo   (1892-1972)

signed and dated 1950 (lower right)
oil on canvas
9” x 12” (23 cm x 30 cm)

PHP 1,000,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

          Fernando Amorsolo’s delight in the female nude is at its most sumptuous in works such as this riverside scene, one of many  versions he did.  Here, the  painting is vigorous and spontaneous. His instinctive feeling for life — both human life and the life of nature — being expressed in brilliant colors with  great warmth.

          The pose itself echoes statues at museums and art academies, reflecting  Amorsolo’s classical training.  The comparisons with classical statuary would  give the painting an added complexity of resonance, but here it seems purely  a pretext for freedom amidst nature.  The equally glowing presence of the  washerwoman gives the classical allusions a welcome reality check.

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