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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Félix Resurrección Hidalgo   (1855-1913)

The Country Women
signed (lower right)
oil on canvas
20” x 16” (51 cm x 41 cm)


PHP 5,000,000

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Provenance: From an illustrious private collection, Manila

          During the fateful years that saw the birth of the nation, Hidalgo was painting seascapes in Paris.  If he had dipped his toe into the river of  Philippine history, he appeared to have retreated from the cold and so ended up a footnote in our textbooks. 

          The budding propaganda Movement of the Generation of ’72 has  found a dramatic focus to champion the Filipino’s cultural image.   Demolishing the malicious myth vehemently spread by those who scheme to keep the Filipinos forever inferior — that Filipinos are  genetically and racially incapable of higher cultural achievements —  the triumphs of Hidalgo demonstrate that Filipinos are able to excel  in the very cultural arena of Europe itself.  In the context of European  civilization the Filipino has come of age.  The politically harmless  profession of painting now acquires filibustero tones as it is  triumphantly brandished as a propaganda weapon.  

-Alfredo Roces

          Resurreccion Hidalgo’s The Country Women is a famous work featured  in Alfredo Roces’ work on this master.

          In it is a pair of women, perhaps a mother and her daughter.  They  are possibly gypsies, with their possessions wrapped in a brown   cloth between them.  They are dressed in the colors of the earth,   of copper-golds and terra cottas.  They seem to be contemplating the freedom of the road ahead of them, beneath a dusky sky.

          A master of the mysterious and the lyrical, Resurrección Hidalgo paints  a different portrait of the traveling gypsy woman.  She is neither petulant nor pensive; here two women are almost mystical mother-earth figures that meld with the serene background.

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