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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Napoleon Abueva  (1930-2018)

Untitled
signed and dated 2003 (lower right)
wood
23” x 8” x 5” (58 cm x 20 cm x 13 cm)


PHP 700,000

Provenance: Casa San Miguel Collection

          In sculpture, there are certain themes which demand certain materials. Each material  has its own specific quality.  Wood, for instance, is hard but it has a tender quality. Napoleon Abueva is no stranger to the challenges of creating from wood.  His work  is characterized by a strong sense of form and material, by flexibility and invention,  and by a fertile imagination, by turns whimsical and literary.

          The witty visual dialogue that Abueva creates for the viewer reaches a new pitch — the sculptor invents a reality that borders on the monumental while still being on a small scale.  He is sufficiently emboldened to confront old methods of sculpture with subtle Cubism.  The image of the musician and his musical instrument is pure Modernism.


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