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.
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