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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Nena Saguil   (1914-1994)

Untitled
signed and dated 1978 (lower right)
watercolor on paper
18” x 24” (46 cm x 61 cm)


PHP 120,000

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          Nena Saguil’s art originated from the convergence of Spanish and French influences.  This untitled painting shows the Paris based female artist’s transition from polychrome to pronounced black and white paintings, produced by the lighter touch of Saguil’s brush.

          Influenced by her religious affiliations and deepening spirituality, Saguil’s artistry revels oblong icons, that have lost their opacity, showing perfectly fat shadowy outlines like crowns of halos.  The feather-light strokes have acquired a misty contour.  Her imagery has also been characterized as cellular, and some of her forms appear as if seen through a microscope.  Saguils’  mature abstract works are often described as cosmos and many contain spheres, fibers, dots, vortices and bubbles. 

          Contemplating the sheer weightlessness of her sublime vision, you can barely escape the impression that Saguil intended to recreate here  a feeling close to divinity. 

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