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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Juvenal Sanso  (b.1929)

As It Was in the Beginning...
Ca.1980 signed (lower right)
acrylic on paper
23” x 33” (58 cm x 84 cm)


PHP 220,000

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Whether Sanso’s rocky shores reflects utopian tranquillity, contemplativeness, effervescence,
alertness or desolation, Sanso’s encroaching sea urges the viewer towards introspection.
About his creative process, Sanso reveals: “First I think of things in space, in light and the objects
spring out of the picture slowly”.
Richly detailed in value and fine textures, the desolation suggests a silent life of its own, projecting
an indomitable presence like a jagged rock sinking into or rising from gravelly dunes.
Sanso has remained faithful to his vision of reality — of surreality— brooding images of desolation
and fine traditional draftsmanship have remained rock steady elements in Sanso’s paintings over
decades, proving in the process that artists need not change styles if there is no intrinsic need to.
The water seems to stretch out far into the distance, changing color to form darker blues at the
horizon to icier blues at the foreground. The powerful atmosphere is a vision of primeval nature.
Thus whether the view is of Brittany, Paranaque, Cavite, Montalban or a mere pantalan, it actually
is a mindscape created by a romantic artist in catharsis.

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