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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Benedicto Cabrera  (b.1942)

signed and dated 2003 (lower left)
pastel on paper
16” x 11” (41 cm x 28 cm)

PHP 120,000

Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

          Aside from his re-explorations of the Philippines’ colonial past via old photographs, or his social commentaries via the famed madwoman, Sabel, Benedicto Cabrera has done a number of portraits on occasion. For this portrait, Bencab uses a few colors rather than many, and his works assert that fewer colors in an artwork give the art greater force and meaning.

          Portraits are, after all, a peculiar amalgam of art and reality, and it presents a person.  Like any craftsman, the “interaction” between the painter’s brush and the personality of the subject is made permanent in the final outcome of the portrait.  Bencab uses boldness of lines amid the severe neutrality of the background to create an image of the young man, yet straight-forward candor divested of unnecessary details.



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