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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Vicente Manansala  (1910-1981)

Still-Life
signed and dated 1971 (lower right)
watercolor on paper
9 1/2”x 13 1/2” (24 cm x 34 cm)


PHP 160,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

          In this cubist still-life, Vicente Manansala draws upon the fanciful aesthetics of a modest Filipino household.  Instead of lobsters, silverware and bountiful grapes that are coming from the seams, Manansala gives us a monochromatic imagery of a native palayok, jar and mortars and pestles in an animated manner. 

          Alice Guillermo writes: “(Manansala’s) still-lifes have a tapestry like quality, the various objects from the domestic context; not fragmented but left integral, occupy the entire visual field.”

          Manansala experimented on multiple perspective through transparent planes.  In the development of his “transparent” cubistic style, he succeeded with extraordinary flair in melding his technique with his visual concepts.  There are other recognizable shapes on the table.  The artist did not want to take the other objects as mere abstract shapes, so that the main object or leitmotif, which are the kitchen utensils and, will remain the focus of attention.

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