One of his most iconic motifs, Amorsolo paints a romanticized scene of Filipino rural life. A family sets out together, leaving their hut for a place beyond the viewer’s eye. Light cascades on them from the rising morning sun, and they are left to cover themselves with either the natural shade or, in the case of the woman in the center, a pink parasol. Even the cocks take shade from the beating sun, finding refuge behind a pile of hay in the corner. The journey ahead is not without its strains, the men carry makeshift sacks on their backs, enlisting the help of a carabao to carry the season’s yield. The artist does not shy away from the humble reality of the peripheries. The morning sun brings illumination - shining upon the verdant path ahead, the parasol’s striking hue breaks the cacophony of greens and yellows. It is as if Amorsolo had captured the joyously resolute spirit of the scene and its people. As Alfredo Roces had succinctly placed it, “While it was the portrayal of his subjects in nostalgic poses, suffused with sentiment that accounted for his popular appeal, Amorsolo’s genius was a master of light and color. A highly skilled draftsman, Amorsolo invariably chose backlit subjects, probing with color into the deepest shadows and topping off his compositions with chrome yellow lights to accent contours where the backlight struck.