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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Fernando Amorsolo  (1892-1972)

Princess Urduja
signed and dated 1948 (lower right)
oil on canvas
22” x 17” (56 cm x 43 cm)

PHP 1,800,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, USA

          Amorsolo would excel at the portrayal of the Filipina.

          [The women I paint] should have a rounded face, not the oval kind often found in magazine illustrations. 

          The eyes should be exceptionally lively, not dreamy nor sleepy.

          The nose should be with a blunt form but should also be firm and strongly marked.

          The ideal Filipina beauty should not necessarily be white-complexioned, but of clear, unblemished skin, always with the freshness of a blushing girl.

- Fernando Amorsolo, speaking to the critic Rod Paras-Perez

          By 1930, when Fernando Amorsolo painted this portrait of a Filipino maiden — with her hair loose and undone as was the fashion of the unmarried woman — Amorsolo was beginning to scale the height of his power and popularity.

          The Filipino Woman was still a creature of the home.  She would not have the right to vote — and had limited property rights.  Interestingly, the right to vote was achieved shortly and astonishingly only before World War II in 1937.

          Amorsolo’s maiden nevertheless has a determined look.  She is confident and looks directly at the viewer, despite the fact that she dressed in a decidedly feminine fashion, a delicate, embroidered blouse tied with a silk ribbon.  She is otherwise unadorned by jewelry and has a refreshing simplicity.

- Lisa Guerrero Nakpil

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