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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Juvenal Sanso  (b.1929)

Floral in Blue
acrylic on canvas
36” x 24” (91 cm x 61 cm)

PHP 500,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

          Whenever Juvenal Sanso paints clustered botanical life, such as his many versions of dense,  terrestrial flora, he captures his subjects with a precise, unerring draftsmanship and a penchant  for what is strange, mysterious and primordial.

          A certain richness, this encrusted organic quality of the curious textures and configurations  of Sanso’s plant formations set against a sky of glowing, unnatural blue.  Sanso has remained  faithful to this vision of reality or surreality — to the present.

          Prompting critic Eric Torres to write: “Brooding images of desolation and fine traditional  draftsmanship have remained rock steady elements in Sanso’s paintings over (the) decades,  proving that artists need not change styles if there is no intrinsic need to.”

          Nature always played an important part in Sanso’s interpretations of nature, not as decorative elements, as in Classical paintings, but as living organisms which were part of the earth they sprang from.  The atmosphere possesses a characteristic humidity about it.

          In his finished pictures of plant forms, Sanso produces the detailed foliage effect that the public  has time and again come to embrace, but underneath the lush surface there is always a solid  foundation expressing a solidity in the core as if it is part of nature’s lush monuments.


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