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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Mario Parial   (1944-2013)

Mother and Child
signed and dated 1979 (lower right)
oil on canvas
32” x 28” (81 cm x 71 cm)


PHP 80,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

          “What is striking is the fecundity of the artist’s vision, the intensity  of creative fervor at full-throttle,” wrote art-critic Cid Reyes.

          Foremost genre artist of the Philippines, Mario Parial has for more than four decades explored themes that have endeared him to art lovers: folk imagery, festivals, local traditions, kites, harlequins and the day  to day activities of the common Filipino household; painted with  a vision inspired by Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso.

          In this very work, the artist created his very own version of the classic Mother and Child painting, in the form of his Mayhaligue painting series, featuring his wife Carina and their firstborn Ochie in their family home situated at Mayhaligue street, Santa Cruz, Manila during the 1970s.  The house is displayed alongside potted foliage in what the artist remembers as being one of the happiest periods in his life.  Parial revisited this composition throughout his oeuvre, in different forms and arrangements. It also formed the basis of his other works of rural scenes, often integrating other motifs and figures from his studies.

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