A cool mountain breeze is captured in whispy strokes of oil as master of Philippine classicism Fernando Amorsolo, trades his usual rendition of rich backlight for a more democratic spread of chroma on the lush verdant scenery of an early Baguio.
Algid colors seem to move in wake of the rising orange sun, a little crisp touch of bright hue that languidly spreads through placid clouds and into the greenery below. Subtle hints of prudently placed red only bring out the impression of earthy vitality, capturing more the essence of the valley. Be it a portrait, a genre work, or landscape, Amorsolo brings out the splendor of all his subjects, often in a hidden glint that only his eye could catch.
In this 1930’s oil on wood piece, Amorsolo encapsulates not only the beauty of the silent rustic retreat but also the nip of wind cherished by those who come to visit.
Literature: Krip Yuson, ed. Amorsolo: Love and Passion Volume II: Landscapes and Other Works edited by Krip Yuzon (Fernando C. Amorsolo Foundation Inc., 2017), p. 86