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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Angelito Antonio  1939

Market Scene
signed and dated 1981 (lower right)
acrylic on canvas
20” x 42” (51 cm x 107 cm)


PHP 200,000

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Private Collection, Manila

          Angelito Antonio celebrates the gritty moods and seasons of the marketplace in this work. He pictorializes the bustle of the early morning probably before the buyers arrive.  The artist paints views of it that are jubilees of summer colors.  The cool and weighty formal  arrangements began to disintegrate as colors became more intense, the surface more  agitated, and for the first time since the 1860s, the character of the subject itself accounted for something.

          Like Picasso, Angelito Antonio’s art insists that it cannot be wholly abstract, in the sense of a non-objective or non-representational work of art, it follows that he did not so much  abstract from the actual as make actual what had previously been real only as a passionate apprehension.  The almost frenzied use of pure tones announced a new turn of mind and revealed both a rebellion against all conventions and a reappraisal of the art of painting.  In a style which is representational but yet Cubist, Antonio is concerned with conveying the essence of people engaged in labor in the marketplace; of note is the man carrying a heavy load which recalls Victorio Edades' groundbreaking 1928 masterpiece The Builders.  The entire work is  executed in the technique of overlapping, strongly colored planes, colliding and intersecting but not interpenetrate, and their movement defines no static still-life situation but communicates the restless pace of market life.

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