Ricarte Puruganan (1912 - 1998)
signed (upper right)
oil on canvas
29 1/4” x 24” (74 cm x 61 cm)
The faces of the three peasant males are almost Daumieresque sans neither the social commentary nor the very subjective point of view.
Ricarte Puruganan’s works are noted for their bold strokes and heavy application of paint. The powerful directness of his brushwork in this work is a sharp contrast to the more delicate brushstrokes which he employs in his more numerous depictions of traditional dancers. One of the Thirteen Moderns, the artist group that broke away from the Conservatives led by Fernando Amorsolo, Puruganan since the 1960s has developed a style which seeks to synthesize indigenous Filipino designs with contemporary dreams, but this work is an exception.
Ricarte Puruganan received a diploma in painting at the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts. He later helped found the University of Sto. Tomas fine arts school together with Carlos "Botong" Francisco, Severino Fabie and Galo Ocampo.
He was honored by the Philippine government when four of his works "Kakawate," "Village Crier," "Two Leaders" and "Black Nazarene at Quiapo" were chosen to hang at the Hall of Filipino Masters at the National Museum.