Auction Lot: 35216041
End of Auction : 09 Nov 2020 17:44
Remaining time: 2020-11-09 17:44:00 GMT+01:00
Estimated Value : 90000-100000 €
Next bid 31000


FERNANDO AMORSOLO (Philippines, 1892 - 1972).
"The bathroom", 1946
Oil on canvas.
Signed, dated and located in Manila, in the lower right corner.
Spanish private collection, with ancestors resident for many years in the Philippines. This work was bought by the father of the current owner in 1946, who was the director of an important Spanish company based in the Philippines, and has remained in his hands to this day.
Measurements: 70 x 90 cm; 86 x 105 cm (frame).
Fernando Amorsolo gives us an idyllic scene starring two young girlsenjoying a bath in the crystal clear waters of a stream. The work continues the formal characteristics developed by the Filipino master after World War II, when, tremendously affected by the devastating state in which the city of Manila was left after the battle of the same name fought in 1945, he turned his production to the realization of bucolic themes starring young women, thus moving away from the dark paintings that had occupied his last years. These canvases of a cheerful and unconcerned character, totally in keeping with the style that marked the painter's extensive career, allowed Amorsolo to demonstrate his masterful technique, as well as the customs of the Filipin people. The effervescent sunlight reflected in the movement of the clear water; the bodies, in this case naked, delicately worked according to the interplay of volumes and the golden atmosphere that bathes the scene make up a magnificent plastic exercise, typical of the most spectacular paintings by the artist from Manila.
Amorsolo is one of the most important painters in the history of Philippine art, not to mention that he is its "national artist". He focused his art on reflecting the Philippine landscape, the peoples and their customs. He was also a brilliant portrait painter of the female figure. Especially known for his great technique and his masterful use of light, this painter began his training at the age of thirteen at the hands of his uncle, the also painter Fabián de la Rosa, who finally became his guide and protector during his career. . In his youth, Amorsolo made a living selling postcards painted in watercolor, until in 1908 his first success came, the second prize in the International Association of Artists contest, achieved with his painting “Reading the newspaper”. The following year he signed for the Liceoof Manila to train artistically. During his student years at the Liceo he was distinguished with various awards and honors, and after graduating he entered the School of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, where his uncle De la Rosa worked at that time. In this university stage, Amorsolo received new influences, such as those of Velázquez, John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Claude Monet or Renoir, although the most important was that of the contemporary Spanish teachers Joaquín Sorolla and Ignacio Zuloaga. During these years, the young painter participated in various competitions, both inside and outside the university, and also began his career as an illustrator, working for various Philippine publications. He also illustrated Severino Reyes' first novel in Tagalog, "Parusa ng Diyos." In 1914 Amorsolo graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines, and soon began working as a draftsman for the Bureau of Public Works. Later he will be artistic director of the Pacific Commercial Company, and taught part-time at the University of the Philippines, where he was a professor for thirty-eight years. Three years after finishing his studies in his native country, Amorsolo moved to Spain to study at the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, thanks to a scholarship from the businessman Enrique Zobel de Ayala. He spent seven months in Spain, where he devoted himself mainly to making sketches in the museums and streets of Madrid, experimenting with light and color. Zobel's scholarship also allowed him to visit New York, where the young painter discovered postwar Cubism and Impressionism, move


Presenta algunas faltas en el marco. Procedencia: Colección particular española, con ascendientes residentes en Filipnas durante muchos años. Esta obra fue comprada por el padre del actual propietario en 1946, que era director de una importante empresa española con sede en Filipinas y hasta día de hoy a permanecido en sus manos. Este lote puede verse en la Sala de SetdartBarcelona situada en C/Aragón, 346.




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