Fernando Amorsolo (1892 - 1972)
Travelers' Rest at Sunset
signed and dated 1950 (lower right)
oil on canvas
22" x 25" (56 cm x 63 cm)
We wishes to thank Mrs. Sylvia Amorsolo-Lazo
for confirming the authenticity of this lot
The iconic works of the Grand Old Man of Philippine Art Fernando Amorsolo are more than just bucolic and picturesque paintings of rural life; they are timeless odes to the spirit and camaraderie of the Philippines’ past. Among his works, it is undoubtedly Amorsolo’s depictions of farmers and rural townsfolk that most audiences are familiar with, and for a good reason. Rife with pleasing color and light, Amorsolo’s charming works depicting everyday activities can make even the hardest of hearts
swoon for the uncomplicated simplicity of the
artist’s idyllic scenes.
Though his works are undoubtedly idealized, Amorsolo would often base his paintings on real locations. The artist’s daughter, Sylvia Amorsolo-Lazo, noted that “Most of his agricultural subjects, especially planting rice and related works, were mostly done in Nueva Ecija and Bulacan.” Amorsolo-Lazo adds that “He also went to Pampanga and Legaspi in Albay… these places are where lands are meant for planting rice.”
With this context in mind, one can see that Amorsolo connected with his environment instead of simply relying on a purely idealized and utopian instinct. Though in reality the agricultural and rural life is often characterized by physically taxing tasks, Amorsolo’s synthesis of real world scenes and idealized compositions ennobles the common man. Through this, Amorsolo effectively communicates the idea that at the end of the day, it is the fruits of one’s labor and the people one surrounds oneself with is where true beauty springs forth.
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