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207 Philippine masterpieces in biggest art auction by Leon Gallery, June 13

Philippine masterpieces from the 17th century to contemporary artworks are featured at Leon Gallery's mid-year auction. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero.InterAksyon.com.

Philippine masterpieces from the 17th century to contemporary artworks are featured at Leon Gallery’s mid-year auction. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero.InterAksyon.com.

Leon Gallery, an established gallery specializing in historically important and museum quality Philippine art, is all set for its mid-year auction on June 13. It shall be the gallery’s biggest auction to date with 207 artworks from the 17th century to contemporary period.

Highlights of the auction include Anita Magsaysay Ho‘s “Fish Harvest at Dawn” and the celebrated collection of respected journalist Joe Guevarra and his philanthropist wife Dr. Nene Guevarra.

Signed and dated in 1979, Magsaysay-Ho’s oil on canvas painting, “Fish Harvest at Dawn,” is 122 cms.s x 152 cms. in size. It depicts a group of brown-skinned women wearing bandanas and harvesting fish on a net.

Leon Gallery director Jaime Ponce de Leon, in an interview during media preview last May 28 at the gallery, said, “I  think most of the National Artists are represented here, largely Filipino (works). I think this is the largest auction because we are quite fortunate to be entrusted by Joe and Nene Guevarra whose collection is very prominent; and to have one of the largest works of Anita Magsaysay-Ho.”

According to Ponce de Leon, Magsaysay-Ho was the only woman among the Thirteen Modernists who challenged the conservative school in the 1950s. She was known to paint Filipinas in rural areas doing daily chores, as well as  for the artist’s use of light in her works.

The artist is said to have been fond of fishing and was once quoted as saying, ” I went fishing with my mother along the bakawan or mangroves. There was an abundance of fish and crabs caught in the holes in the sand  as the tide went down. We would go home and boil them for dinner. I always reminisce about these experiences..

“I love painting nets because it is a challenge to capture their transparency and the play of lights they create.”

Anita Magsaysay Ho's 'Fish Harvest at Dawn' takes the spotlight at Leon Gallery's mid-year auction to be held on June 13, 2015. Photo byRomsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.

Anita Magsaysay Ho’s ‘Fish Harvest at Dawn’ takes the spotlight at Leon Gallery’s mid-year auction to be held on June 13, 2015. Photo byRomsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.

Magsaysay-Ho’s painting bidding price starts at Php 6 million. De Leon however, assures that everyone can afford an artwork at the awaited auction.

He shared, “(We have works) from all price points because we want everybody in the auction, there’s something for everybody. There are some that starts at Php 10 thousand but there are also some like this (Magsaysay-Ho’s painting) at Php 6 million.”

Botong Francisco's 'Camote Diggers,' from the Joe and Nene Guevara collection. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com.

Botong Francisco’s ‘Camote Diggers,’ from the Joe and Nene Guevara collection. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com.

Meanwhile, apart from Magsaysay-Ho’s painting, other works of National Artists including Fernando Amorsolo, Jose Joya, Hernando Ocampo. Moreover, works of Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Ang Kiukok, and Vicente Manansala from the collection of Joe and Nene Guevara are also featured.

BenCab’s depiction of Iza Calzado in the role of Sabel is also being auctioned; proceeds will go to the BenCab Art Foundation.

Also taking the spotlight are the only pieces of furniture, which is a narra and balayong desk-and-chair pair signed by the “Juan Luna of Sculpture,” Isabelo Tampinco.

Signed desk-and-chair pair of Isabelo Tampinco. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com.

Signed desk-and-chair pair of Isabelo Tampinco. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com.

Along with these works, another featured item is a 17th century ivory image of Virgin and Child.

For more information, and to view the e-catalogue, visit http://leon-gallery.com/.

Prominent personalities and top art collectors are expected to participate at the auction. In photo are the Muhlach family visiting the preview of Leon Gallery's auction. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com.

Prominent personalities and top art collectors are expected to participate at the auction. In photo are the Muhlach family visiting the preview of Leon Gallery’s auction. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com.

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