Dignified femininity and the beauty of the landscape captured in the works of these artists – Manila Bulletin



See the works of Miguel Zaragoza, Anita Magsaysay-Ho and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz at the Leon Gallery Leon semi-annual auction 2021

Miguel Zaragoza’s “A Country Lass” and Anita Magsaysay-Ho’s “Women with Baskets, Fish and Crabs”

Many of our history books would depict beautiful ladies of the past with all kinds of splendor. They are dressed in the best of fashion and adorned with jewelry for a dose of shine. What we don’t see then, however, is the rough charm of the women when they are in the country. Whether elegantly dressed for high tea or those who pursue domestic activities, seeing them in nature exudes a dignified aura.

This feeling is best portrayed in the works of Filipino artists Miguel Zaragoza, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz. In the latest edition of the Leon Gallery’s spectacular Mid-Year Auction, her portraits of women in the Philippines are unearthed to remind us of the humble appeal of women and the country.

Miguel Zaragoza is known for his skill in depicting shapes and spontaneous brushstrokes that exude a captivating charisma. His piece, entitled “A Country Lass” was one of his contributions to the prestigious 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair in Missouri. A remarkable painting, the largest Zaragoza known to come up for auction.

Anita Magsaysay-Ho’s “Women with Baskets, Fish and Crabs”

Another best representation of the rough Filipino charm is Anita Magsaysay-Ho’s “Women with Baskets, Fish, and Crab”. In a story by Lisa Guerrero-Nakpil, the piece is described as “a celebration of Filipino craft, the strength of Filipino women, and the talent and technique of one of the country’s most famous painters”.

“Tres Marias” by Federico Aguilar Alcuaz

Federico Aguilar Alcuaz takes a different path, but just as sublime in 1984 “Tres Marias. ”As part of his series of the same name from 1970, everything revolves around the“ old Philippines ”sophistication with the beauty of the sea and the flora in the background. The difference to the other works of art in the series is that the women are dressed in modern Spanish colonial style, a departure from the traditional Filipiniana.

The auction will also feature other notable pieces by Filipino artists. Praised works by national artists Ang Kiukok, Jose Joya, Cesar Legaspi and internationally acclaimed artists Michael Cacnio, Rodel Tapaya, Justin Nuyda and Romeo Tabuena are also featured. Exquisite wooden sculptures and paintings from the Spanish colonial era from the Don Benito J. Legarda, Jr. collection are among the most important objects that adorn the opulent lots at this auction.

These magnificent masterpieces can be viewed from May 29th to June 4th from Saturday to Friday at Galerie León, G / F Eurovilla 1, Rufino and Legazpi Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City. For further inquiries email [email protected] or contact +632 8856 2781. Visit www.leon-gallery.com to browse the catalog of the spectacular half-yearly auctions.





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