The Asian Cultural Council Art Auction 2019

February 23,2019 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines

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Jose Blanco  1932-2008

Still Life
signed and dated 1952 (lower right)
oil on canvas
15 1/2” x 19” (39 cm x 48 cm)


PHP 80,000

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Private Collection, Muntinlupa City

The glass bottle and a squash slice, the lobster and the crab, all provide the constituents of a closely observed still life. The simplicity of the image belies the intense thought behind it but still leaves a quietly theatric impression. Jose Blanco’s main concern was not, of course, natural correctness — the cloth covered surface has two levels — but the overall formal completeness of the painting. Jose Blanco succeeded his mentor Carlos “Botong” Francisco as the eminent painter of Angono scenes, yet he goes a step or two further ahead of his mentor’s shadow by exploring the genre of still life, which was never quite in the oeuvre of the great Botong.

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