signed and dated 1962 (upper left)
oil on board
20" x 10 1/2" (51 cm x 27 cm)
Provenance: Private Collection, Makati City
A master of making the rustic and bucolic sublime, Romeo V. Tabuena confesses to having been influenced by cubism and, earlier, the Chinese, especially their floating landscapes. He is often classified as belonging to the postwar neorealist movement, with his then fresh approach to form sometimes compared to Chinese calligraphic brushstrokes.
As an artist, Tabuena always drew upon his Filipino roots. This is evident in his pervasive inclusion of local traditions and landscapes. n this majestic piece, Tabuena seemingly weaves in poetic and literary beauty into everyday rural life, thus elevating the mundane into a transcendental sublime.