Fernando Amorsolo (1892-1972)
Portrait of a Girl
signed and dated 1926 (lower right) and inscribed Innocencia Feliciano (verso)
oil on canvas
13” x 10” (33 cm x 25 cm)
What fond memories childhood recalls. Suddenly, leaping back across years filled with innocence and grace, we are strolling into what seems like the world’s first morning. Our thoughts were magical then, and the world was enchanting when viewed from the rosy threshold of youth’s comforting embrace.
This blithe ingénue wears a dress in bright turquoise. As Amorsolo’s delicate brushwork is enveloped in jewel-like tones, so the blossoming of adolescence transforms the gleeful animation of childhood to pensive wonder.
The freshness of the painting and the impression it gives of the wonderful innocence of childhood make this an exceptional portrait by any standard.