A midday rest signed and dated 1957, oil on canvas 55.9 x 76.2 cm. (22 x 30 in.)
Born in Paco, Manila, Fernando Amorsolo was blessed with a precocious talent and at the age of seventeen had enrolled at the School of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines. On graduation he received commendations as tokens of excellence.
From 1938 to 1952 he was director of the School of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines and his distinctions include the gold medal of recognition awarded by UNESCO, the Rizal Pro-Patria Award (1961) and the Araw ng Maynila Award (1963). In 1973 he was posthumously proclaimed 'National Artist in Painting'.