The auction will cap an “unforgettable year,” said León Gallery director Jaime Ponce de Leon.
“It has also been a year of passages, of the passing of the torch from one generation of artists to another, and from one breed of collectors to the next,” he added. “Reflecting these many changes are the treasures we have once again assembled.”
A Farmhouse in Normandy, the Hidalgo painting to be bid out, would have been a familiar sight to the Filipino ilustrados on a quick getaway to the French countryside from Paris, said Ponce de Leon.
Another auction favorite, De la Rosa’s nephew and student Fernando Cueto Amorsolo, is represented by several paintings, among which is Lavenderas (Washerwomen), painted along the romanticist style of his uncle.
Taking over from Amorsolo would be the mid-century moderns, who are represented in the auction by a number of remarkable works from the original Neo-Realists, Hernando R. Ocampo (1911-1978), Cesar Legaspi (1917-1994), and Nena Saguil (1914-1994).
Legaspi’s bold explorations are shown in two striking works, Miners and Couple. A member of the elite Thirteen Moderns, Legaspi rendered his subjects in his recognizable forms that melded representation and abstraction.
A fellow mid-century modern, FernandoZobel, is represented by several magnificent works of impeccable foreign provenance, said Ponce de Leon. Striking works punctuate the riveting abstract offerings, including an intriguing 1967 work, Icaro.
Atardecer en la curva… (Sunset at the curve…), on the other hand, presents Zobel’s complex formalism. This piece was a gift to the Lowenthal family of New York and was created after his equally sought-after Serie Negra series.
National Artist Jose Joya once again showcases his lyrical and poetic sensibilities as he produces dynamic abstract compositions .
Ponce de Leon expressed pride at the varied and outstanding auction lots. “In the world of art, as the saying goes, the more the things change, the more they remain the same,” said Ponce de Leon. “Beautiful artworks, after all, are always eternal.”
León Gallery’s Kingly Treasures Auction is set for Nov. 28, 2 p.m., at Eurovilla I, Legazpi and Rufino Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati.