Every schoolchild can undoubtedly recognize the paintings of the Filipino auteur Fernando Amorsolo. His unique and groundbreaking works are an inescapable reality of Filipino society, from the glossy pages of history textbooks to the esteemed walls of the country’s most important buildings and residences.
His repertoire of techniques in catching the effect of sunlight against the idyllic scenery of rural life is dazzling. This work shows what the Amorsolo sunlight can do when it plays on water. At first glance, his narratives appear to be similar to typical traditional stories mirrored in turn of the century art. They are about peasant life against a background of rural landscapes, and the delights of youth in a seemingly idealistic and ethereal Filipino setting. This piece is an outstanding example of Amorsolo’s care and ability to express accurately the varying shapes and forms of nature, to depict its many colors and to express the beauty of mountain and sea.