How Much is Juan Luna's Art Today

Now on its second-year, Salcedo Auctions' The Well-Appointed Life: An Auction Weekend returns to Rockwell on September 19 to 20, 2015 with an even larger array of art, jewelry, timepieces, collectibles and investment quality pieces that will be going under the hammer.

From September 5 to 19, the Kirov Lounge and Model Unit, and the lobby of the new 8 Rockwell Building will be transformed into a preview gallery of all lots to be auctioned from the four sale categories of The Well-Appointed Life, namely Important Philippine Art, Connoisseur Collection, Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, and rare Automobiles.
Check our top selection of high-prized Philippine Arts created by the famous Filipino artists.

Candle Vendors by Vicente Mansala (1977)
Php 700,000 - 850,000 ($15,200 to 18,400)

A stunning specimen of Manansala's transparent cubism, Candle Vendors defies all concepts of spatial dimension through the eyes of the spectator. In the foreground, three candlestick vendors are grouped together, line of sight angled above them as the viewer looks down at the candles resting on woven baskets. But as the eye follows the gaze of the rightmost vendor, a checkered path slopes upward in the far left, leading the observer towards an enigmatic darkness, adding mystique to an already stimulating piece de resistance.


A Do... Va la Nave? by Juan Luna Y Novicio, 1885
Php9,000,000 - 12,000,000

Painted one year after Spoliarium garnered Juan Luna a gold medal in the 1884 Madrid Exposition of Fine Art, a signal achievement that raised the profile of the Filipino artist and, by extension, the reform movement on the international stage, this ravishing oil on canvas signed and dated 'LVNA Paris 1885' was thought to have been lost until its incredible discovery early this year in the central Argentinian city of Cordoba.

Portrait of Rosa Nalda Gil by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, 1890
Php 6,000,000 - 8,000,000


Las Buyeras by Jorge Pineda, 1903
Php 2,500,000 - 2,800,000

Las Buyeras is Philippine genre painting at its finest, inviting viewers into an intimate circle, showing Pineda's refined sentimentality towards his subjects. The painting emanates a silence in atmosphere that highlights both a commonality and singularity between each of the women. Despite a hardened gaze and a look of longing, Pineda's deliberate strokes and dramatic play with light and shadow generates a warmth that radiates beyond the canvas.


Arganda by Fernando Zobel, 1961
Php7,000,000 - 9,000,000

from 1959 to 1963, Fernando Zobel created what are known as his "Black Paintings," a series of monochrome pieces with hyperbolic gestural forms. Devoid of color, Zobel used black as his focal point to create landscapes of motion.


The Tempest by Jose Joya, 1965
Php 2,800,000 - 3,500,000 ($60,800 - 76,000)

This very rare abstract expressionist and thickly impasto work, with its riveting grooves and valleys, portrays an impulsive moment, the weight of the strokes igniting the sense of touch. Like the act of nature for which it is named, this magnum opus is pure energy on canvas - a tour de force legacy.


Cantata by H.R. Ocampo, 1971
Php 4,500,000 - 6,000,000

H.R. Ocampo developed his own brand of abstraction which evolved from reducing objective images into shapes and shadows in an endless array of biomorphic shapes. In Cantata, Ocampo references music, and interprets it into a movement of his abstracted shapes by varying the texture, hue and size. Music in the 19th century was understood as the most abstract of all the art forms since it was borne out of pure imagination, and not from the objective world. In Cantata, the artist presents a multisensory experience - a synesthesia - an orchestra of color that engulfs the viewer in its presence.


Still Life by Jose Joya, 1972
Php 1,400,000 - 1,600,000 ($30,400 - 34,700)

Joya's signature impasto technique, now less gestural, is realized in this painting. the title Still Life references the classic painting style of using inanimate objects as subjects, which Joya filters through his inimitable style of abstraction.


The Jester by Jose Joya, 1981
Php950,000 - 1,200,000 ($20,600 - 26,000)


Untitled (from the 'Larawan' series) by BenCab, 2003
Php6,000,000 - 8,000,000 ($130,400 - 173,900)

serious collectors of Philippine art have identified this series as arguably National Artist BenCab's most important. Born out of his nostalgia for Filipino culture while living in London, and inspired by turn of the century photographs, his exploration into these vertices of a bygone era resulted in paintings such as this 2003 incarnation. In creating the Larawan series, BenCab aimed to merge the past and the present through technique. Focusing on a construct between the intricate detailing of folds and draping of the woman's dress on one hand, and a flattened graphic perspective of her environment on the other. The woman is painted in a wash of sepia tones, while bright geometric shapes frame her figure. the result is an elegant nod to local tradition and culture through a distinctively modern lens.


Explosion by Fernando Amorsolo, 1944
Php1,000,000 - 1,200,000 ($21,700 - 26,000)

Red flames break through Amorsolo's typically idyllic blue sky in this oil painting created during World War II. The energy of the painting lies in the explosion cloud, marked by thick impasto, which glows against the darkened city. On the bottom right, the canvas is signed "Manila 5:20PM September 21, 1944."


Landscape with Igorots by Fernando Amorsolo, 1940
Php 1,600,000 - 1,800,000 ($34,000 - 39,100)

This Golden Period Amorsolo contains the artist's signature romanticism of landscape, with three Igorots hiking through a mountain range. The fluidity of form and the warm shades of terracotta portray harmony and ease, an escapist idyll from the reality portray harmony and ease, an escapist idyll from the reality of the Second World War that Amorsolo was experiencing.


Untitled (Man with Rooster) by Vicente Manansala, 1960
Php1,200,000 - 1,400,000 ($26,000 - 30,400)

With furrowed brow, the man confronts the viewers with a piercing intensity. Dressed in a singlet that falls loosely on his narrow figure, he cradles a regal rooster in his arms while clouds of color convey an energy complimentary to his gaze.


Nude by Fernando Amorsolo, 1959
Php 1,500,000 - 1,700,000 ($32,600 - 36,900)


Untitled (Harvest) by Fernando Amorsolo, 1961
Php 1,800,000 - 2,200,000 ($ 39,100 - 47,800)

A pastoral scene of farmers, this Amorsolo contains all the minutiae of Filipiniana imagery -- the rice field, a bahay kubo in the distance, the salakot of the farmhands shielding the sun, and a carabao plowing the fields.


Untitled (Woman in the Kitchen) by Fernando Amorsolo, 1940
Php 1,600,000 - 1,800,000 ($34,700 - 39,100)

Pensive under the glow of the golden hour, Amorsolo's untitled painting captures the subject while she is engaged in the kitchen, grinding together a mortar and pestle. While on the onset the frame is seemingly static, the painter gives the moment a sense of subtle dynamism through the pursing of the woman's lips, the soft grip of her hands, the way her garment folds over her arms, and her longing, far-off gaze.

The Well-Appointed Life Weekend Auction is hosted by the Salcedo Auction, Philippines.

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