The Spectacular Mid-year Auction 2019

June 22,2019 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines



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Isidro Ancheta  (1882-1946)

signed (lower right)
oil on board
16” x 19” (41 cm x 48 cm)

PHP 80,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, USA

Ancheta’s aim here was to heighten and dramatize the
effects of light and shade, and to achieve a more exact
pictorial approximation of nature’s fleeting changes. A
sense of liveliness is conveyed by the various tones of
green, ocher and white modulating in various intensities
and with effects of transparency. The sentiment of nature
was an essential ingredient in Ancheta’s work and the one
which sets him from painters of nature before him and the
artists who followed him. In his finished pictures constable
reproduced the detailed foliage effect that the public liked.
Yet amid all the lushness there is an earthy feeling.
The implications of man's place in the world of nature may have philosophically conditioned Ancheta to paint the man and carabao as a visual
footnote. For the painter, this sense of proportion tells the whole placement of man within the backdrop of nature.

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