Saturday, October 29, 2005

A painting

My friend Chris Masse asked about a painting behind me in a photograph. This oil painting -- on wood, not canvas -- is by the Filipino painter Cesar Buenaventura (not to be confused with the central banking official). At about 48x24 inches (122x61 cm), it's wider than the few Buenaventura paintings I have heard about.

It's not hung where direct light can hit it, or where there's strong lighting, and the flash doesn't do so well against some of the black paint. No flash and a long exposure time might do the trick, so if I have time and the opportunity today when out, I'll see about getting a tripod.

Admittedly I'm not familiar with the artists of my mother's home country. My father, an American who had initially visited the Philippines and then returned for business (and wound up staying for over 20 years), paid 3000 pesos for it in the early 1970s. When we moved to U.S. in 1983, after he decided it was time for him to repatriate, it was one of several paintings we couldn't bear to leave behind.

It's still not terribly valuable, mostly since Buenaventura produced so much, but it's highly unusual in that he glued pieces of wood onto the canvas, painting over them for a raised effect. He did this for the calesas, horses, drivers, the house on the right, even the calesa wheels in the very front. I've never heard of this technique used anywhere else.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you still have this painting?

Saturday, January 06, 2007 4:53:00 PM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

Yes I do.

Saturday, January 06, 2007 6:46:00 PM  
Blogger cavinti said...

buenaventura is one of the best and well known panoramic artist in the philippines...most of his subjects are rural areas, the daily lives of the people and culture....he is like our national artist amorsolo...unfortunately, his works are discriminated by some galleries and collectors because he is a mabini artist...but recently, prices for his works jumped up because of several article and good reviews in the newspaper and magazines particulary ambassador preciosa soliven...

your' right, its rare that he does it on wood...

your artpiece is worth collecting and if you sell it, it is definitely expensive.

the artist passed away in 1983

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 9:32:00 PM  

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