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IMPORTANT PHILIPPINE ART | A0918

AUCTION | 23 SEPTEMBER 2017, 2PM

PREVIEW | 15-22 SEPTEMBER, 10AM-8PM

Lot 148

Ang Kiukok (1931–2005)

Harvest

1990

Oil on canvas

59.7 x 80 cm (23 1/2 x 31 1/2 in)

Quick Overview

A photo of the artist holding the artwork is affixed to the back of the frame A potent and supreme exemplar of National Artist Ang Kiukok’s figurative expressionism, this extremely rare Harvest depicts a propitious scene of a farmer clutching a golden sheaf of rice, their golden granis painstakingly stippled to convey harvest and plenty. Studying under National Artist Vicente Manansala who exposed him to modernist techniques, Ang adapted the tenets of Cubism into his works by reducing three-dimensionality into flattened planes of color, focusing on a palette of contrast and intensity. The subject matter of the harvest is one that Kiukok rendered infrequently - requested by most of his patrons but given to only a very select few who he considered to have truly understood and appreciated his work. The close cropping of this particular work imparts a sense of immediacy - the distortion of the rice gatherer’s form, head upturned towards the sky in thanksgiving for such a blessing, creating a compelling image that underscores the master’s ability to balance stillness and tranquility with verve and dynamism. Notice the interwoven sheafs of palay in the foreground that not only emphasizes the vision of bounty but also provides a compositional anchor to the painting. While of Chinese ancentry, Kiukok’s leitmotifs were always inspired by distinctly Filipino scenes, characters, and sentiments.

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