The Spectacular Mid-year Auction 2019

June 22,2019 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines

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Araceli Dans  (b.1929)

The Flaming Vine
signed and dated 2007 (lower right)
watercolor on paper
24” x 18” (61 cm x 46 cm)


PHP 140,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

Dans demonstrates an unassailable fidelity to nature in the realist
tradition. If she paints an exotic flower, the botanist should have
no difficulty in identifying the specimen portrayed. Dans’ close study
of nature would give the viewer access to universal truths.
The high degree of finish and technical virtuosity which mark
the work of Araceli Dans is matched by her mastery over white.
The delicate white lace in the painting is the result of painstaking
effort and skill. Proof of the intense interaction between the hand,
the eye, and the mind, can be seen in the exquisite draftsmanship
displayed in a Dans painting. The high degree of detail in the work
is a testament to the uncompromising eye whose intense scrutiny of
objects allows for nothing to be out of place. It would be so easy for
paintings to lapse into banality in the hands of a lesser painter, thus
it’s a tribute to Dans’ unerring eye that this never occurs in her work.

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