The artist Martino Abellana was mentor to an entire generation of Cebuano artists including Romulo Galicano. His influence lay primarily in portraiture and impressionist landscapes.
Much of the impetus in Galicano’s works came from his travels in Europe, particularly in France. Much can be said about his propensity for old France. He captured images of distant locales like the home of the late Impressionist Master Claude Monet. The late Master filled his little corner of the 19th century world with gardens and a literal abundance of flowers.
In Morning at Monet’s Garden (Giverny), the artist achieves a reconciliation of figurative and abstract modes. A calm morning bloom of vivid plants in a mangrove hideaway. The assortment of enchanting plants, as well as the beautiful leaves of the tree boasts its beauty as it stands unfazed by the morning breeze. While, the still sky and the mysterious dark mountain afar accentuates the picturesque scenario. The fluidity of the brushstrokes add to the palpable lightness of the foliage.
This work of art shows the full range of Galicano’s mastery of the technical and expressive possibilities of color. His diverse application of brushstrokes range from the delicate, painterly technique of his impressionist scenes to the spare, delicate treatment of his later rural scenes. Indeed, it is another peaceful yet powerful work of the Visayan Realist Master.