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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Fernando Amorsolo    (1892-1972)

Porta Vaga, Cavite
signed and dated 1927 (lower left)
oil on wood
12” x 16” (30 cm x 40 cm)

PHP 2,000,000

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Private Collection, Manila

          The principal motifs or subjects are the church and the puddles of water.  Amorsolo is interested in the reflections in the water and the relationship of the man made church with its surrounding natural environment.

          The picture shows Amorsolo’s treatment with the architecturally solid blocks of the expansive building structure against the flatness of the canvas itself.

          Amorsolo concentrates on the church edifice itself as the dominant image.  The artist  contrasts the solidity of the architectural edifice with the small and comparatively  delicate  buildings on the right as they stand  along the extended puddle of water. 

          Loosely regimented parallel architectural lines give him the freedom to paint masses of undefined foliage at the sides of the picture without losing the compositional quality.


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