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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Federico Aguilar Alcuaz   (1932-2011)

signed and dated 1977 (lower right)
oil on canvas
12” x 16 1/2” (30 cm x 42 cm)

PHP 80,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

          Detailed harborscapes as a distinct subject are not found in all artistic traditions, and develop when there is already a sophisticated tradition of representing other subjects.  Sky is almost always included in the view and weather is often an element of the composition.  Like a fencer in his adopted Barcelona, Alcuaz uses various techniques with bravura to simulate the  randomness of natural forms in this atmospheric composition.  The seaside gave Alcuaz the opportunity to study the effects of the sky (clouds) over water which would be different from the cityscapes he had been painting. Beside the sea, Alcuaz could get away from the artificiality of urban views and paint the waters undisturbed except for the occasional boat passing by.  Here, he has depicted a sea made rough by the wind and has included a small boat offshore.

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