The Asian Cultural Council Auction 2020

February 22,2020 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines



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Cesar Legaspi  (1917 - 1994)

Untitled (Nude)
signed and dated 1978 (lower right)
oil on wood
30” x 30” (76 cm x 76 cm)

PHP 1,200,000

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This work of oil on wood, which the National Artist painted in 1978, showcases this particular preoccupation, featuring the two figures in one of the country’s origin myths: Malakas at Maganda. Their bronze bodies, having broken free from a bamboo, exhibit a remarkable dynamism. The similarity of their poses suggests the indivisibility of their fate.

Her hair streaming in the wind, Maganda is a model of awesome confidence. At the same time, a dark-skinned Malakas asserts his towering presence. Their sheer physicality showcases Legaspi’s version of cubism, which reveals them as figures sprung from the earth.

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