• Southeast Asian Modern and Con auction at Christies

    Sale 2806

    Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 May 2010, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1200

    FERNANDO CUETO AMORSOLO (The Philippines 1892-1972)


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    FERNANDO CUETO AMORSOLO (The Philippines 1892-1972)
    signed and dated 'F Amorsolo, 1923' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    23 x 32½ in. (58.5 x 82.5 cm.)

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    The years between 1920 to 1940s stand out as the golden period of Amorsolo where his depiction of the landscapes and Filipinas reached a towering height. He is noted to approach nature directly, painting outdoors and capturing the 'fleeting moment' that reveals a splendour of colours under the evanescence of the tropical sunlight. Refined and repeated, expressed on so many canvases, it evolved into a body of works, which is referred to now as the 'genre paintings of Amorsolo'.

    Dated in 1923, Lavenderas is the one of the earliest prototype of the oeuvres of Amorsolo. It is significant to note the darker palette used for the composition points to a distinctive affinity with the greatest masters of Filipino Academism, Juan Luna and F. R. Hidalgo and simultaneously the lighter, airy colours in the sky area is suggesting the potentials of a master of light.


    Acquired directly from the artist by William and Mildred Maxey.
    Thence by descent to Billie Maxey and Morton M. Jones.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.