In the present lot, the fading light of the evening sun filters through the tree leaves, dotting the surroundings with sepia tones. Amorsolo performs a close study of the woman seated daintily on the tree roots carrying a basket of mangoes. The woman's gentle appearance is Amorsolo's glorification and idealization of Filipina beauty, the dalagang Filipina. Flushed apple cheeks, a sensual mouth and lively eyes are carved into her rounded face. Rays of evening sun kiss the basket of pears, and brush against her theatrically puffy-sleeved native costume, bringing out the contours of its folds.
Woman Holding a Basket of Mangoes is the epitome of Amorsolo's genre painting. Inspired by his childhood, where he spent the first thirteen years of life frolicking in rolling rice fields, he famously depicts rustic, idyllic landscapes and laboring common people. One can easily feel his strong attachment to his roots and people. The present lot was created during the early 1930s, described as Amorsolo's "golden period". As the country's first National Artist, and the most popular Filipino artist in history, his dominance of the local art scene spanned three decades. Even today, Amorsolo's works permeate all parts of Filipino society. Brimming with charm, and displaying the finesse of Amorsolo's brushwork, Woman Holding a Basket of Mangoes is strong evidence of why the legendary artist continues to be revered.
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