Church and Flame Tree
oil on canvas
25 x 35" (64 cm x 89 cm)
Provenance: Private Collection, USA
Fernando Amorsolo had mastered the Filipino genre painting with its idyllic renditions of country life against the backdrop of the lushness of the landscape. He also created many outdoor studies of the Filipino countryside in an ardent endeavor to capture the light and color of what he observed.
In this beloved painting, Amorsolo leans to religiosity and features a modest church and a flame tree. The way Amorsolo paints the flametree, through solid yet airy wisps of enchanting palettes of persimmon and vermillion, typifies structural integrity that brings the piece into a cohesive whole. The church—with its naturally lit light-colored body and the orange roof—seems to be comparatively delicate and renders an excellent work in accentuating the lively colors of the various elements of the piece. This painting sincerely portrays Amorsolo’s interest in depicting the barriotic way of life and its intimate relationship with its surrounding natural environment.