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.