A Young Girl Collecting Water, 1937 signed 'F Amorsolo', inscribed 'Manila' and dated '1937' (lower left) oil on canvas on board 20 x 14in (50.8 x 35.5cm)
Provenance: David Cassels Brown, Manila, Philippines (acquired directly from the artist in 1937) Thence by descent to the present owner, nephew of Cassels Brown
Note: 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.
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, Amorsolo was posthumously proclaimed "National Artist in Painting."
Amorsolo's backlighting technique became his trademark where figures, often appearing amongst a cluster of leaves, are seen aglow on the canvas. The art critic Nick Joaquin described Amorsolo's work as having "defined and perpetuated a distinct element of the nation's artistic and cultural heritage."