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Farmers working and resting
Place of Origin: Philippines
Date: 1955
Materials: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: H. 25 3/8 in x W. 33 in, H. 64.5 cm x W. 83.8 cm (image)
Credit Line: Gift of Alexander and Cornelia Calhoun
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: 2005.99
On Display: Yes
Location: Tateuchi Thematic Gallery

Description

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In this scene of rural life in the Philippines, farmers harvest rice in the background while villagers rest under the shade of a mango tree in the foreground. Pastoral themes such as this one were a favorite of the Filipino artist Fernando Amorsolo.

As a young man, Amorsolo loved spending time in the countryside outside Manila sketching and painting in the open air. His depictions of Philippine villagers and genre scenes became extremely popular and were reproduced in books, magazines, and advertisements. By the late 1920s he had attained a level of fame still unmatched by any other Philippine artist.

During the 1950s (the period when he completed this painting), Amorsolo was incredibly prolific. In 1958 he complained of having over eighty orders to fill, and he often made multiple copies of the same painting (several other versions of this painting exist.) By this point in his life, he was largely confined to his studio, where he and his assistants worked diligently every day.


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Exhibition History: "Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories", Asian Art Museum, 7/14/2017 - 3/11/2018
Label:

In this scene of rural life in the Philippines, farmers harvest rice in the background while villagers rest under the shade of a mango tree in the foreground. Pastoral themes such as this one were a favorite of the Filipino artist Fernando Amorsolo.

As a young man, Amorsolo loved spending time in the countryside outside Manila sketching and painting in the open air. His depictions of Philippine villagers and genre scenes became extremely popular and were reproduced in books, magazines, and advertisements. By the late 1920s he had attained a level of fame still unmatched by any other Philippine artist.

During the 1950s (the period when he completed this painting), Amorsolo was incredibly prolific. In 1958 he complained of having over eighty orders to fill, and he often made multiple copies of the same painting (several other versions of this painting exist.) By this point in his life, he was largely confined to his studio, where he and his assistants worked diligently every day.


Exhibition History: "Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories", Asian Art Museum, 7/14/2017 - 3/11/2018