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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Jose Joya   (1931-1995)

signed and dated 1983 (lower right)
pastel on paper
25” x 19” (64 cm x 48 cm)

PHP 60,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

          The sketch was drawn from life.  The young model appears in a relaxed and natural attitude. In this rustic yet elegant study, Joya fully displays  his great gift as a draughtsman, employing a confident but measured drawing technique.  Places such as New York and Venice may have given Joya his household name, but it is homegrown subjects such  as this peasant girl that supplies the romantic in Joya yearning for the indigenously authentic and compelling.  By showing rural life as it had once been, he attempted to portray a world of continuity that was vanishing, handmade baskets and all.

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