This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Finale Art File and signed by Ang Kiukok confirming the authenticity of this lot

Provenance: Provenance: A personal gift from Vicente Manansala to Ang Kiukok Acquired directly from Ang Kiukok Private Collection, Manila


The perspective on recognizable shapes in National Artist Vicente Manansala’s Cubist still-life works display his streak of brilliance. In this 1965 work, the internal and external features of domestic objects in a seemingly modest household are depicted in geometric forms and technical prowess. His sensibilities of color and creative process of analyzing form are also showcased. The centrality of food in many of Manansala’s works which is evident in this particular painting is notable as well. He renders the communal life with such eloquence. Dissected planes and fragmented shapes are recurring in his still-life transparent cubism paintings. Manansala’s deep affinity for Cubism and style explorations led him in producing dynamic works, becoming one of the most celebrated pioneers of Philippine modern art, not constrained by traditional conventions.