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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Araceli Dans  1929

Baso at Mantel (Glass & Tablecloth)
signed and dated 1987 (lower right)
watercolor on paper
14” x 17” (36 cm x 43 cm)


PHP 160,000

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Private Collection, USA

          Araceli Dans’ paintings successfully transcend the trite and sentimental by virtue of the rich complexities  inherent in the subjects she chooses.

          Beneath the simplicity of the juxtapositions is a host  of possible meanings just waiting to be deciphered.  In these works from 1987, pieces of piña fabric, delicately embroidered with flowers and other motifs are juxtaposed with objects picked from mother nature which also feature decorative attributes: a wild flower, the sampaguita and large variety of sea shells  respectively.

          Dans demonstrates an unassailable fidelity to nature in the realist tradition.  What ensues is a play of contrasts between the intricate motifs embroidered in the fabric and the natural ornamentation which are the attributes of the living objects from nature.

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