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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Diosdado Lorenzo   (1906-1984)

Ruins Of Manila Cathedral
signed and dated 1948 (lower right)
oil on wood
19”x 15” (48 cm x 38 cm)

PHP 200,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

          Diosdado Lorenzo truly has a penchant for the beauty of the Manila Cathedral as  observed in his series of paintings — the subject was consistently repeated throughout the years, witnessing its destruction, rebuilding and change in design. 

          Exposed to the cultural heritage of Italy where he lived during the pre-war years,  Diosdado Lorenzo was an artist who believed in the ability of art to be timeless. Lorenzo lived in interesting times: Philippine art was going through its first modernist ferment,  and among his contemporaries are great artists like Victorio Edades, Galo Ocampo,  and Carlos Francisco. 

          The art of Lorenzo is distinguished by its masterful impasto technique, his eye for warm, clashing colors, and the sure strokes of his brush that do not conceal their tracks.  

          The practice of one’s art should be reward in itself; the paintings of Lorenzo exude a kind of exuberance in their making that must have been solace for the artist at a time when Modernism was a form of rebellion.  Lorenzo’s works have outlived him, and will outlive the various subjects and sceneries they have portrayed.



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