More than just vintage and mural artworks, there’s many stories that old paintings, classic letters and furniture can bring. That’s why this June 9, 2018, Leon Gallery will have its much-awaited “Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2018” at its Eurovilla 1 showrooms on Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati.
The main masterpieces of the auction are the exquisite Lorenzo Guerrero’s artworks and paintings. Known to be the mentor of the brilliant and international artist Juan Luna, Guerrero was also a wonderful painter in his own right. He was educated by the foremost Spanish instructors at the Manila academia: Manuel de la Cortina, who was himself a graduate of the Madrid art academy and his successor Nicolas Valdez.
Guerrero, in fact, was to become the teacher of Manila’s finest artists, from Simon de la Rosa Flores and his nephew Fabian de la Rosa, Felix Martinez, and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Telesforo Sucgang, Felix Pardo de Tayera, and Jorge Pineda to name a few stellar painters who passed through the portals of the legendary art school.
Other mid-century moderns include Vicente Manansala with the superb work dated 1949 that speaks allegorical almost in a style more typical of Carlos “Botong” Francisco: a trio of women pound rice, in a variety of Filipino costumes, while men pile grain in tall mountains.
Arturo Luz, Ang Kiukok, and Romeo Tabuena are likewise represented, as are Juvenal Sanso, Oscar Zalameda, Lao Lianben, Malang, and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz.
Among the collectible memorabilia, the country’s most iconic heroes are represented, telling stories from their generations. There is a bread-and-butter note (dated 1891) from the Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal to the Scottish millionaire Don Alejandro S. Macleod who had thrived in manila.
The most ancient piece that you will see nostalgia is the letters from various historical personalities to Teodora Alonso which is available in a single lot. Family Recipes, historic court documents, and piquantly items from Rizal’s clan are feature in the auction.
The most controversial of them all is the narration of Gregoria de Jesus of the Last days of Andres Bonifacio as well as a dagger bearing the markings of the Katipunan. This document, while having been featured in the works on the Philippine Revolution has never been revealed in full previously and is certainly one of a kind. A rare autographed photography of the Lakambini of the KKK (dedicated to journalist Jose P. Santos) and a letter to Emilio Jacinto complete the historical offerings that will fascinate the collector and every patriot.
Contemporary artists’ works like Ronald Ventura, Marcel, Jon Jaylo, Danilo Dalena, Emmanuel Garibay, Edwin Wilwayco, Manuel Ocampo and Jose John Santos III are also featured for the auction.
The auction begins at 2 P.M onwards at Leon Gallery, Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Streets., Legazpi Village, Makati City. Visit www.leon-gallery.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 856-2781 for more information.