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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Vicente Manansala  (1910-1981)

Nude
signed and dated 1972 (right)
pastel on paper
38 1/2”x 24 1/2” (98 cm x 62 cm)


PHP 500,000

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Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist


          Rod Paraz-Perez narrated in 1990: “He (Manansala) saw the nude as a mass  of interactive forms, of basic inter penetrating geometric masses to be stated with  the simplest of means.”

          Vicente Manansala’s profound liberality and proficiency as a draughtsman is embodied in his carefully crafted exuberant nude in pastel.  His attention to line, form and volume reveals him to be a first observer of the human figure, no doubt his nude woman has become an embodiment of classical beauty and ideal form.

          In this work, the Master Cubist celebrates the charm of the naked dalaga.  A woman,  a warrior, who faces all the pressures of the world and overcomes them with grace. Hypocrites are the ones who expects her to be perfect for there is no such thing.   Shown in her very nature, there is a soft force in the nude woman’s physical presence that could not be avoided, even by the undiscerning viewer.

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