Fernando Amorsolo (1892 - 1972)
Seated Nude Beside a Chair
signed and dated Manila 1951 (lower right)
oil on canvas board
14 1/8" x 18 1/8" (36 cm x 46 cm)
Accompanied by a certificate issued by Mrs. Sylvia Amorsolo-Lazo confirming the authenticity of this lot
Fernando Amorsolo's depiction of the nude is symbolic of his homage to the female form, portraying her with expressions of innocence, gracefulness, and youthfulness. In this theme, Amorsolo evokes an aesthetic appreciation for the art form. Trained under the classical tradition where Life Class was compulsory, Amorsolo profoundly understood the intricacies of human anatomy. As a result, the artist developed a genuine appreciation for the female form, delightfully reveling in painting such a theme that this excursion would last until the twilight of his illustrious painting career. Amorsolo's nude paintings evoke the nude as a compelling art form; his is a celebration of the human body. Amorsolo's nude women are often depicted living in seclusion. Like how he visually chronicles the idyllic living in the countryside, Amorsolo situates the Filipina maiden in her most tranquil state. The woman's face and body are turned away from the viewer due to her preoccupation with whatever she does. Here, Amorsolo exhibits his characteristic as a "true Filipino gentleman-painter." Amorsolo does not portray the woman in such a way to gratify nor entice the spectator. In her unclad beauty, the woman's power to express her femininity lies within her control. She is untroubled by the transgressions of machismo and embodies an unspoken expression of autonomy, reclamation, and assertion. (A.M.)
Aliases: Fernando Amorsolo y Cueto, Fernando Cueto Amorsolo
Artist Fernando Amorsolo was born in Manila in 1892, and as a teenager, he began an apprenticeship with respected artist Fabian de la Rosa. Despite the artist's loss of his father and half-brother before he was 12, early Fernando Amorsolo paintings were hopeful and full of light. Amorsolo's artwork drew particular appreciation for his technique of backlighting. Though some critics dismissed the positive outlook in his paintings as naive, Amorsolo wanted to show that good still existed in the world.
Fernando Amorsolo's paintings for sale depict the rural areas and people of the Philippines. In 1939, artist Fernando Amorsolo's oil painting Afternoon Meal of the Workers was exhibited at the New York World's Fair and won first prize. The artist was also commissioned to do oil paintings of all the sitting Philippine presidents during his career.
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