Fernando Amorsolo (1892-1972)
signed and dated 1926 (lower right)
pencil on paper
8 1/4” x 10 1/2” (21 cm x 27 cm)
Drawing is the writing of the spirit. It is truly in drawing that the artist’s personality dwells.
Though Amorsolo painted great pictures, especially during his Golden Era, pencil on paper works also thrived and his career witnessed moments of superlative drawings, such as this rustic landscape depicting grasslands that strike the viewer with its earthy immediacy.
Amorsolo was a prolific illustrator, and his illustrations filled the pages of public school textbooks.
Between 1909 and 1914, Amorsolo enrolled at the Art School of the Liceo de Manila, where he earned honors for his paintings and drawings.
To make money during school, Amorsolo joined competitions and did illustrations for various Philippine publications, including Severino Reyes’ first novel in the Tagalog language, Parusa ng Diyos ("Punishment of God"), Iñigo Ed. Regalado's Madaling Araw ("Dawn"), as well as illustrations for editions of the Pasion.