Lot 363
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Vicente Silva Manansala

480,000 - 550,000 HKD
2,480,000 HKD
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  • Vicente Silva Manansala
  • Arm Wrestling
  • Signed and dated 48
  • Oil on canvas
  • 55.5 by 68.5 cm; 21 3/4  by 27 in.

Catalogue Note

Vicente Manansala’s oeuvre conveys his deep respect and understanding of the vibrant folk culture in the Philippines. Studying abroad in the Ecole des Beaaux Arts allowed him to broaden his artistic horizons, gaining knowledge in Eastern painting styles such as Cubism. He further expanded on this technique and mastered ‘Transparent Cubism’ which gave his works a unique aesthetic of layered and shifted forms. The artist’s nationalistic works are mostly reflective of the post war urban experience and portrayed the familiar Filipino environment.

The present painting Arm Wrestling is Manansala’s observation of the local social life of the Filipinos. The work illustrates two men who are competing against each other in an arm wrestling match. Rather than showing a picturesque or traditional representation of rural existence, Manansala chooses to paint this particular scene. Manansala may be implying that although we share different traditions, ultimately we are all the same at the end of the day.