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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Isidro Ancheta   (1882 - 1946)

a.) Intramuros 1 b.) Intramuros 2
signed and dated 1937 (lower left)
oil on canvas
16”x 12” (41 cm x 30 cm)

PHP 120,000

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Private Collection, USA

Transcendent expressiveness is the moving quality in Ancheta’s works, and persons who are fully sensitive to it will take almost as a matter of course the charm of the architecture, the bits of foliage, the ornamental ruins of all sorts, which would distinguish them even in a European museum of old art.
About two thirds of the pictorial space are walls of stone. Eventually the beholder emphathizes with the architectural solemnity of the scene.
The vedutisti (or “view maker”) in Ancheta reveled in the beauty of the sunlit place, taking on what from a modern perspective, seemingly erecting labyrinthine structures, epic in volume. The random and horizontal growths of grass provide accents to the vertical regularity of the stone walls.
More clearly than elsewhere, in fact, the articulation of gigantic, bare architectural structures allow for compositional solutions worked out in terms of the most varied rhythms.

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