The Spectacular Mid-year Auction 2019

June 22,2019 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines



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Jose Blanco  (1932-2008)

signed and dated 1996 (lower right)
oil on canvas
24” x 36” (61 cm x 91 cm)

PHP 200,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

The figures here are brown as the soil, sturdy, big boned and at work. The artist has been
faithful to this icon through the decades. The viewer does not participate in the subtle actions
displayed by the personalities in the murals. Instead he is taken in by the excellent use of space
and proportion, the beauty of composition, the feeling of airiness, the unity and coherence,
and the uninterrupted flow of design from one situation to another.
This work is strongly composed and modelled. There are many figures and each is individualized
in which the whole composition, including the hut, is set under open skies. Yet the setting is
specific in the viewer’s imagination. The artist fits in the human figures by means of his own
subtle brand of elongation and changes in scale and proportion to the general design. There is
a gradual recession; the scale does not abruptly change, among the really big foreground figures
and the really small people in the background

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