Resting under the Mango Tree Oil on canvas signed and dated 1952, Manila. 23 1/4 x 33 1/4in (59 x 84.4cm)
Born in Manila at the end of the 19th century, Amorsolos love of art began at an early age. At 13 he studied at the University of the Philippines under the preeminent artist, Fabian de la Rosa. He continued his studies in Madrid during the early 20th century under the patronage of businessman Enrique Zobel de Ayala.
Amorsolo is one of the most beloved artists in Philippine history. He is known for his impressionistic brushwork and idyllic genre scenes. His images celebrate Filipino culture and life. These romantic and lyrical scenes of daily life were a reaction to the predominant Western influences in Filipino art, a country that had been under colonial rule from 1521 to 1946.
This present lot typifies Amorsolos genre work. The years between 1920 to 1950s are considered his 'Golden Period' of work. This painting falls in this period. He had painted similar scenes before, but this one is particularly interesting as it was painted after World War II and after Filipino independence was declared on July 4, 1946. These post-war works show a new vibrancy that was not seen in earlier pieces.
For similar paintings, see Christies Hong Kong sale, November 26, 2006, lot 59 and Christies Hong Kong sale, October 31, 2004, lot 556.