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Fernando Cueto Amorsolo
DANCING COUPLE
Estimate
240,000380,000
LOT SOLD. 850,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
348
Fernando Cueto Amorsolo
DANCING COUPLE
Estimate
240,000380,000
LOT SOLD. 850,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art – Day Sale

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Fernando Cueto Amorsolo
1892-1972
DANCING COUPLE
Signed and dated 1952
Oil on canvas
63 by 88 cm; 24 3/4  by 34 1/2  in.
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Provenance

Private Collection, Switzerland

Catalogue Note

As one of the most prolific Filipino artists of his time, Fernando Cueto Amorsolo left a massive influence on art that must not be understated. He remains popularly regarded as the Grand Master of Filipino genre painting; his mastery over light and form allowed him to redefine and elevate the art form to new heights in his depictions of tranquil pastoral life amidst idyllic landscapes, all awash with golden sunlight. A staple of the modern Filipino art canon, Amorsolo’s work is characterised by warm tropical hues, the subtle interplay of light, lush natural surroundings, and its sense of heart and soul in its celebration of his native country.

Couple Dancing offers viewers the chance to admire Amorsolo’s prodigious talent in depicting the natural grace and pride of the Filipino people. In this painting, a group of villagers gather under the cool shade of a straw hut to watch a young couple dancing while another man strums along on his instrument. Behind them, rolling green fields recede into the horizon while a group of huts lie nestled cosily at the base of the mountain in the distance. Another few villagers, seated slightly apart from the main gathering, are also absorbed in the festivities. The bountiful harvest surrounding them reflects the fertility of the land.

A maestro of light and form, Amorsolo also skilfully makes use of the contrast between the shade and the omnipresent sunlight in his work to play with different degrees of backlighting and shadow, which creates in the viewer’s eye visually pleasing impressions of light and warmth. In the joyous exuberance exhibited by the dancing couple, he elevates the simple pleasure of dancing into a delightful illustration of the vitality and beauty of the Filipino people and their rituals, customs, and traditions.

Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art – Day Sale

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