The Largest Anita Magsaysay-Ho Collection to be Auctioned at Leon Gallery

Anita Magsaysay-Ho has been known for perfectly depicting women at work, landscapes, Philippine genre scenes and harvest.  This year, her largest work to be auctioned “Fish Harvest at Dawn,” which emphasizes a celebration of sisterhood and memories, takes the spotlight on the Leon Gallery Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2015.

“It is to date the largest work by this highly esteemed artist to have been offered on the market,” shared Leon Gallery director Jaime Ponce de Leon.

The said auction will also feature properties from the celebrated collection of Joe and Nene Guevara, including the works of Filipino masters Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Ang Kiukok and Vicente Manansala to name a few. `

Botong’s oil on canvas Landscape from 1969 shows his mastery of plen air or outdoor painting. Just like his other works, the vibrant colors and hues of this painting represent a feel of our culture and tradition even without the human element.

Ang’s “Crucifixion,” on the other hand, forms part of the imagery of the chaotic 1960s. Through his works, Ang wants to convey how it is to be a suffering human being.

Aside from Manansala’s 1975 masterpiece “Nude,” the gallery also holds his 1963 creation “Golgotha,” a crucifix that demonstrates a more severe geometric faceting.

Bringing only the finest of Philippine art, paintings done by National Artists Fernando Amorsolo, Jose Joya, Hernando R. Ocampo and Benedicto Cabrera also lie at the core of Leon Gallery’s collection.

Guests can marvel in Amorsolo’s “War-Time Market Scene” – an oil in wood panting created during his “Golden Period” (1920-1945), which depicts the typical market scene, but with the tension of an observing Japanese soldier.

Showing the architectonic impulse of artist Jose Joya, on the other hand, is a 1972 piece titled “Broken Kites” – a colorful abstracted composition depicting kites.

Another classic part of the auction is Hernando R. Ocampo’s “Mother and Child” (1970), which represents the universals: emphasis, unity, contrast and filial love.

To help fund the year-round serial exhibition of BenCab’s art production “BenCab:50 Golden Years,” Leon Gallery will also auction the artist’s depiction of Iza Calzado in the role of Sabel.  “Iza as Sabel” shows Bencab’s ever recurring theme of women in draperies – an outfit whose manifold convolutions somehow represent their own language.

Journey by Ronald Ventura
Journey by Ronald Ventura

Aside from paintings, the auction will further feature the antiques such as Solomon Saprid’s sculptured work “Mother and Child” (1973) and Philippines late 17th or early 18th century large ivory figure of the Virgin and Child.

Last but not the least, included in the line-up of Leon Gallery’s sought after treasures are the desk-and-chair pair by the most remarkable Filipino furniture maker of the 19th century Isabelo Tampinco. Currently, these are the only pieces signed by its creator to be auctioned.
“We are propelled by the truism that an auction house is only as good as the treasures as it can offer. It is to this truth that Leon Gallery is committed, since our first auction in 2013 to this 2015 mid-year event,” said de Leon.

Leon Gallery Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2015 will be held on June 13, 2015, Saturday, 2 PM at the G/F, Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more details, visit http://leon-gallery.com/.

is to this truth that Leon Gallery is committed, since our first auction in 2013 to this 2015 mid-year event,” said de Leon.

Leon Gallery Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2015 will be held on June 13, 2015, Saturday, 2 PM at the G/F, Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more details, visit http://leon-gallery.com/.

Mother & Child by Hernando Ocampo
Mother & Child by Hernando Ocampo
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