Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fernando Amorsolo

was born in Paco, Mla died 1972 (Landscapes, genre, portraits, murals). Natl Artist in painting. One of the first graduates of the UP School of Fine Arts, 1919. Spent youthful days in Daet, Camarines Norte. When his father died, the family lived with his mother’s first cousin, painter Fabian dela Rosa. Completed schooling at Liceo de Mla, with honors in drawing and painting . Influenced by Spanish painter Diego de Velasquez and European painters Sargent , Zorn, Sorolla, and Zuloaga. Worked as draftsman at the Public Works, and chief artist at Pacific Commercial Advtg. Taught at UP for 38 years, and served as its director from 1938-1952. In 1916, recd grant from entrepreneur Enrique Zobel de Ayala to visit Spain, Europe, and the US, and view the art works there. In his peak years, exhibited both in the Phil and abroad, including NY and Belgium. Also did illustrations for children’s textbook and novels, commercial designs, cartoons for and illustrations for and His canvases popularized the image of the beautiful and modest Filipina maiden showing no sign of wear and tear from work and the tropical weather. Was the first to extensively portray traditional Filipino customs and manners, fiestas, and occupations like fishing, planting , going to market, washing laundry, cooking, and reading. Also did a series of historical canvases on pre-colonial scenes, such as < Early Filipino State Wedding,> and as well as events surrounding the colonization of the Phil, such as < The First Mass in the Philippines.> Did three life-size paintings for the Phil Pavilion at the 1931 Paris Expo. His works, reproduced in many textbooks and calendars, shaped the visual imagination of many generations of Filipino children. Is credited with having captured the elusive quality of Phil light, using the technique of backlighting, where the figures are situated against the light, thus outlining them with a golden glow. When a new generation of Filipino painters wanted to break new paths , in took the form of a revolt against the Amorsolo school, which had been dominant for at least three decades. Modernism arose largely as a reaction to Amorsolo’s style. He and sculptor Guillermo Tolentino were the objects of a diatribe led by such moderns as Victorio Edades and Galo Ocampo. Honors recd: Outstanding UP Alumnus award, 1940; the Rizal Pro-Patria award, 1961; Patnubay ng Sining, 1972. In 1973, became the first artist to be proclaimed natl artist by the govt. [CCP Vol IV-R.B. Javellana & AG]*** Amorsolo’s works have a lasting beauty. He is unquestionable the dean of Filipino painters. His versatility is particularly noted for the artistry of his touches in light and shadow. In 1972, some of his paintings were exhibited at the Grand Central Galleries of NY, where they recd highest praise from critics. Although influenced by the prolific Spanish classicist Ignacio Zuloaga, he developed his own distinctive style. To many people to possess an Amorsolo is the fulfillment of a dream. [Mobilways Vol 1 No 2 Oct 1955]***Amorsolo’s < Resting in the Shade > portrays a sun-flooded area enveloping the figures, a sharp contrast of light and shade. The rustic scene in the master’s characteristics style embodies the young, slender and shapely of feminine beauty he favored, and evokes the serenity and casual grace that Amorsolo paintings are famous for. [ FC- Countryside Banking Vol VII No 12 Dec 1981]
Cooking in the pot (SOLD)
Pencil
6" x 9"
ND
HAC Code: 79281
Mother & Child (SOLD)

10.5" x 7.5"
nd
HAC Code: 79282
Portrait
Pencil
30" x 22.75"
1961
HAC Code: 79212

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