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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Fernando Amorsolo  (1892 - 1972)

Mayon Scene
signed and dated 1952 (lower right)
oil on canvas
14” x 18” (36 cm x 46 cm)


PHP 2,200,000

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Private Collection, Madrid

This quietly beautiful scene, featuring several country men and women, is a remarkable example of the way in which Amorsolo succeeds in adding a magical yet realistic dimension to the most ordinary of everyday things. The whole scene is one of lightness and space, made possible by Amorsolo’s choice of site. The image of a man roasting a lechon for the fiesta intensifies the already brimming brilliance of the green fields.

The heart of the Amorsolo style, his dazzling colorism, has been the subject of much discussion, especially with that vibrancy with which he recreated tropic sunlight in his genres and landscapes derived from techniques he studied in the works of European masters, particularly Sorolla. The popularity of his art is easier to account for it embodies sweetness and light

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