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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Norma Belleza  (b.1939)

signed and dated 1977 (lower right)
oil on canvas
24” x 27” (61 cm x 69 cm)

PHP 60,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

          Her figurative works placed emphasis on her subjects’ physical strength and appearance.  The space is fragmented, the lines vanish, the dissonant planes multiplied, life erupts into the canvas with all its contingent and sensible meaning.  Add to that stockier figure types, a greater feeling for lively movement, interesting light as a modeling device, and vigorous new color harmonies.

          In 1987, Cid Reyes asked Norma Belleza: “Kayo, Ate Norma,  tungkol sa subject matter ninyo…

          Norma Belleza answered: “Madalas kasi ako sa palengke.  Pinag-aaralan ko yung mga sabit-sabit na gulay.  Yung mga isda at mga tindera. 

          Her husband Angelito Antonio added: “Oo, mae-excite ka. Gusto mo talagang ipinta.  Sabi nga ni Andrew Wyeth tungkol sa subject matter, kung hindi tumayo ang balahibo mo sa likod, hindi para sa kanya yon.”

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