Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (The Philippines 1892-1972)
Nude by a River Oil on board, framed; the lower right signed and dated F Amorsolo, MANILA, 1937. 18 x 12 3/4in (45.8 x 32.4cm)
Born in Manila at the end of the 19th century, Amorsolo's 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 Amorsolo's genre work. The years between 1920 to 1950s are considered his 'Golden Period' of work. This painting falls in the earlier part of this period.