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This major painting is by Manuel Rodriguez, one of the founders of Philippine modernism. It depicts a Muslim river festival in the south of the country, probably Cotabato in Mindanao. Rodriguez was born in Cebu in 1912, the son of an engraver and goldsmith, and studied art first of all at the University of the Philippines and later in New York and Paris. He is known as the Father of Philippine Printmaking, both for his own work and for his influence on generations of younger artists. His paintings and prints have been shown in major exhibitions on every continent, and his works are exhibited in the National Museum of the Philippines in the gallery of “Pillars of Philippine Modernism.” This painting, one of his finest, catches all of the exuberance and diversity of Philippine culture in the early 1960s. It was bought by the present owner directly from the painter in December 1962 at his workshop at 1416 Mabini in Manila. (Our final image shows the famous print he made from this painting at the same time.)
Size: 94 cm x 64.5 cm; 37" x 25"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Condition: Good. Signed by the artist.