There are 146 lots up for bidding in tomorrow's Finale Auctions, at least in the fine art department. Choosing 19 might be a bit of a stretch, but we're dreaming here. That number also just means that the people behind the auction, led by veteran gallery owner Vita Sarenas, has been able to gather truly desirable works—displayed beautifully in the La Fuerza art space by the artist Nilo Ilarde.
There is something for everyone here: buyers just looking out for names; buyers looking for names but seeks only a fine example of the artist's work; those looking to add to their collection of a particular master's work; those on the lookout for nudes; and those only looking to decorate. The star of the show is an undated Juan Luna Y Novicio called "Pensamientos," a chiaroscuro take on a bouquet of pansies both fresh and wilted, a rare still life in a career marked with portraits and images that tell a story. There's a beautiful 50s Anita Magsaysay-Ho called "The Needle Woman" from her much praised egg tempera period. There is also a quartet of nude etchings from Fernando Amorsolo from plates believed to have been left by the artist in New York on his way home to the Philippines from Spain.
It would be exciting, to say the least, to be on the auction floor tomorrow and spot the personalities holding the raised paddles. But it would be more rewarding, of course, if you had a billion on hand and outbid them all.
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Juan Luna y Novicio's "Pensamientos", oil on wood panel, 14x18 in
Anita Magsaysay-Ho's "The Needle Woman (1954), egg tempera on wood, 20x16 in
Bencab's "Heredero" (2009), oil on canvas, 30x20 in
Federico Aguilar Alcuaz's "Dennis (1974), Oil on canvas, 30x24 in
Romulo Galicano's "My studio" (1997), oil on canvas, 48x30 in
Charlie Co, 2015, oil on canvas, 72x72 in
Jason Montinola, oil on canvas, 54x40 in
Marina Cruz's "Red and Yellow Flowers" (2013), oil on canvas, 48x36 in
Francesca Enriques's "I, Me and Myself" (1998), oil on canvas, 39x39 in
Lynyrd Paras's "Lorenz" (2009), acrylic and oil on canvas, 72x60 in
Fernando Zobel's "Los Grajos VI" (1964), oil on canvas, 31.5x31.5 in
Romulo Olazo's "Diaphanous Anthuriums #40 (1997), oil on canvas, 40x40 in
David Medalla's "London" (2005), oil on canvas, 20x16 in
Ang Kiukok's "Pieta" (1993), oil on canvas, 36x36 in
Isidro Ancheta's "Intramuros Gate", oil on canvas laid on board, 12.5x9 in
Alfredo Roces's "Still Life Fruits" (1958), oil on board, 17x24 in
Fernando Amorsolo's "Nude", etching, 8x11 in
Agustin Goy's "Nude" (1985), watercolor on paper, 12x9 in
Onib Olmedo's "Musician" (1992), pastel on felt paper, 27.5x21.5 in