Asian Cultural Council Philippines Art Auction 2018

March 3,2018 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines

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Eufemio Rasco IV   (b.1981)

Pursuits of Happiness
signed and dated 2005 (lower left)
oil on canvas
37 1/2” x 30 1/2” (95 cm x 77 cm)


PHP 70,000

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Galerie Joaquin

Rasco is known for his mastery of the female figure. This nude was created by Rasco when he was only 25 and barely out of art school. This early nude already shows his talent and his passion for the female anatomy. The white background brings out the thick strokes of shades of beige, khaki, and ochre, that creates a woman who is sensous and yet simple and down to earth. The woman is caught sitting with knees folded with her arms hugging her knees. Her face is hidden by her legs. This will later prove to be a trademark of Rasco.

In an interview, he explained why he somewhat hides the face of his models or merely shows parts and angles of their faces. In hiding the face of the model, he is able to make his woman “every woman”. Each nude then becomes a universal representation of women.

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