Lot 315
  • 315

Fernando Cueto Amorsolo

Estimate
550,000 - 750,000 HKD
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Description

  • Fernando Cueto Amorsolo
  • Family Under the Mango Tree
  • Signed and dated Manila 1940
  • Oil on canvas
  • 90.5 by 130 cm.; 35 1/2 by 51 in.

Provenance

Private Collection, Taiwan

Condition

The work is in good condition overall, as is the canvas. Close observation reveals that there are indications of stable craquelures scattered throughout the painting surface which is consistent with the painting's age and a minute paint loss on the branch (top right), but the paint layers are sound and stable. Examination under ultraviolet light reveals some scattered retouching in general, particularly on the lower right, which are not apparent to the naked eye. The colour of the catalogue is nearly accurate, however the painting is warmer in reality. Framed.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Catalogue Note

"The years 1920 to 1945 stand out as Amorsolo's Golden Period. After Amorsolo, genre was never the same again. One critic cited Amorsolo's use of 'colour, triumphant over realism' as the undoing of Philippines genre. But Amorsolo's influence on art and the public perception of art cannot be underestimated. He invested rural people with dignity, and country life with a feeling of contentment. His works captured the optimistic spirit and grace of peacetime Philippines, before the Pacific War of 1941 – a time of innocence for the Philippines."

 

ALFREDO R. ROCES, AMORSOLO, FILIPINAS FOUNDATION, INC., PHILIPPINES, 1975, P. 384