The Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2018

June 9,2018 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines

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Jose B. David  (1909-1990)

Bahay Kubo
signed and dated 1937 (lower right)
oil on canvas
24”x 18” (61 cm x 46 cm)


PHP 100,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, USA

The idylls of rural and semi-rural countryside could arouse the senses as much as his pastoral meditations suggest an earthly paradise. The horizontality of the bamboo footbridge provides a balance to the tall trees flanking the composition. David rendered the scene in an entirely matter of fact manner: here, it is delightfully ordinary and every day, rather than mysterious and new. Although his well-tempered realism was part of the turn of the century benchmark in Philippine art, his technique was not too scrupulous, too “intellectual” to be popular. In the best of his oils a sense of individual authority manifested itself. His approach to genre evaded prettiness and came closer to the textures of life. (Pablo Amorsolo) This genre always found an enthusiastic audience. By mid-century, art audiences did not quite throw unspoiled nature views in favor of the onslaught of modernism. The landscape was an accessible, popular subject

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