The Kingly Treasures Auction 2014

December 29,2014 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines

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Nena Saguil  (1924-1994)

Illumination II
signed and dated 1977 (lower right)
oil on canvas
47” x 47” (119 cm x 119 cm)


PHP 180,000

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In his book on the artist, Art Critic Emmanuel Torres observed that Nena Saguil was singular among the female artists of her generation in that she was the first woman to devote herself entirely to her art, possessing a total commitment unheard of among her peers. Throughout her artistic life -- rich, tumultuous, and spent largely in France which she made her home -- Saguil’s art underwent a series of transmutations leading to her application of prismatic colors, pastel hues, softer texturizations and deliberate simplicity -- all during her latter years, resulting in artworks that speak softly yet profoundly.
Thus, it is properly noted that as Saguil reached her full bloom, so came the realization that, as it were, speaking in hushed tones as opposed to a piercing crescendo is just as or even more potent a force.

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