signed and dated 1976 (lower left)
oil on canvas
18" x 36" (44 cm x 90 cm)
As someone who began painting in the academic technique but eventually developed into a modernist, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz was fluent in both representation and abstraction (with his foremost artistic contribution a confluence of the two).
Here were none of the subtleties of color Alcuaz had found in his depiction of cities in Europe, but instead the strident glare of the sea and manmade objects, the large ships made small by the sheer scale of the bay, providing sharp visual contrasts.
Alcuaz never became complacent but was always looking for the final answer to that elusive truth about visual reality which motivated his painting. The Manila bay was an eye-opener, with its shimmering light and extravagant abundance of water, represented by a singular color.