Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Great Filipino Painters of All Time - Fernando Amorsolo (Batch 2)

Sunday Market, Baguio

Banawe Rice Terraces

Water Carrier

Bombing of Intendencia

Lavanderas (Laundrywomen)

Woman With Banga (Woman With Jar)

Tinikling in Barrio

Batch 2 of The Great Masterpieces of Fernando Amorsolo

Fernando Amorsolo (The Greatest Filipino Painter)

The Philippine artist Fernando Amorsolo (1892-1972) was a portraitist and painter of rural land scapes. He is best known for his craftsmanship and mastery in the use of light.

Fernando Amorsolo was born May 30, 1892, in the Paco district of Manila. At 13 he was apprenticed to the noted Philippine artist Fabian de la Rosa, his mother's first cousin. In 1909 Amorsolo enrolled at the Liceo de Manila and then attended the fine-arts school at the University of the Philippines, graduating in 1914. After working three years as a commercial artist and part-time instructor at the university, he studied at the Escuela de San Fernando in Madrid. For seven months he sketched at the museums and on the streets of Madrid, experimenting with the use of light and color. That winter he went to New York and discovered the works of the postwar impressionists and cubists, who became the major influence on his works. On his return to Manila, he set up his own studio.

During this period, Amorsolo developed the use of light - actually, backlight - which is his greatest contribution to Philippine painting. Characteristically, an Amorsolo painting contains a glow against which the figures are outlined, and at one point of the canvas there is generally a burst of light that highlights the smallest detail.

During the 1920s and 1930s Amorsolo's output of paintings was prodigious. In 1939 his oil Afternoon Meal of the Workers won first prize at the New York World's Fair. During World War II Amorsolo continued to paint. The Philippine collector Don Alfonso Ongpin commissioned him to execute a portrait in absentia of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, which he did at great personal risk. He also painted Japanese occupation soldiers and self-portraits. His wartime paintings were exhibited at the Malacanang presidential palace in 1948. After the war Amorsolo served as director of the college of fine arts of the University of the Philippines, retiring in 1950. Married twice, he had 13 children, five of whom became painters.

Amorsolo was noted for his portraits. He made oils of all the Philippine presidents, including the revolutionary leader Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, and other noted Philippine figures. He also painted many wartime scenes, including Bataan, Corner of Hell, and One Casualty.

Amorsolo, who died in 1972, is said to have painted more than 10,000 pieces. He continued to paint even in his late 70s, despite arthritis in his hands. Even his late works feature the classic Amorsolo tropical sunlight. He said he hated "sad and gloomy" paintings, and he executed only one painting in which rain appears.

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Tags: Great Filipino Painters, Fernando Amorsolo, Philippines, Arts, Great Artists, Filipiniana

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla


Jessica said...

gusto ko yung water carrier. peaceful na peaceful yung smile ng girl. kontento sa kung anong meron ang ngayon. :)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Caca,
You're right she is so peaceful and very pretty too. Salamat sa pagtityaga mong magcomment. At least hindi nabokya ang blog ko. Ratings ng comments mo- perfect 10, hehehe nagsisipsip, talagang nilalangaw sa comments ang blog na ito kaya kailangang sumipsep sa bukod tanging follower. Thanks for your visit and valuable comments. God bless you friend.

Jessica said...

hahhaha! di naman, maganda rin kasi talaga ang mga paintings. di ko na kelangan pumunta ng museum o kung pupunta ako familiar na sa kin di rin ako bokya. hehehe

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Caca,
Ay thank you. At least me napupulot ka naman pala dito. Sa tutuo lang ang pag post dito ang pinakamahirap sa lahat dahil isa isa mong ilalagay ang painting using the limited system ng blogger's, tapos itatranscribe mo pa yung little biography nila. Hindi katulad ng gawa ko sa isip. Minutes lasng tapos na. There were times when I almost wanted to scrap this blog for lack of viewer interest kaya lang meron din namang mangilan ngilan na bumibisita at nasuyod ko ang buong bloglandia, eto lang talaga ang nagpi feature ng great paintings at other works of arts. Para ito sa mga artists at budding artists na katulad mo. Thanks for your visit frend. God bless you always.

Jessica said...

ganun talaga mel. minsan di mo maintindihan ang reader kung gusto ba nila quality reading o kung anu-ano na lang. hahaha! saka wag mo ngang ma-scrap scrap tong blog mo. sayang ano!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Caca,
Okay, para sa yo this blog will stay. Pero huwag kang magsasawa na mag comment dito dahil na iinsecure ako pag walang comments ang blogs ko. Para sa yo frend. You're strong with me, you know. (malakas ka sa kin, hehehe) Sige na, God bless you always my frend.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mel. I hope you could give us a better idea about the paintings by using conventional information formats like "Title" (year), medium, dimensions and from what collection. If this is not possible, at least where you got the images. You have great images here. I am particularly interested in the Lavanderas you posted because the photograph of the actual models are featured in Roces' book on Amorsolo.

Warm regards and please continue with your posts.


Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Anonymous,
Thanks for your visit. You can get all the information you need by just typing Fernando Amorsolo in your search engine and it will direct you to numerous sites where you can get the information you want to your hearts content. Thanks again for your visit and God bless.

nancy said...

para sakin wala talagang katulad si fernando amorsolo, napaka pilipino ng mga likha nya at iyon ang gusto ko...

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