A true genius of his time, Fernando Amorsolo was best known for his masterful illuminated (chiaroscuro) landscapes and portraits. Through his extensive work, Amorsolo helped form the Filipino national identity and nurture a sense of nationhood bycelebrating our culture, traditions and Filipino ideals. He was and will remain to be an important figure in Philippine Art.
As a staunch supporter of the arts, Philippine heritage and Filipino talent, Rustan’s makes sure that the work and legend of one of Philippines’ most celebrated artists is never forgotten with the re-launching of Amorsolo: Love & Passion.
Published by Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation Inc., the new two-volume set delve deeper into the stories of the subjects behind the famous portraits, with Amorsolo’s daughter herself, Sylvia Amorsolo Lazo, recounting the memories behind each piece.
The new mini-coffeetable books (sized at 9.5 x 12.75 inches) includes two volumes: the first of which is Portraits, which features 309 Amorsolo paintings and photos in the compact 188 pages, and Landscapes & Other Works, which includes 193 images by the renowned maestro.
“Volume 1: Portraits,” which features his works on prominent portrait subjects like Senate President Manuel Quezon, Enrique Zobel Ayala and General Douglas MacArthur, among others, is an especially important piece of work as Sylvia Amorsolo-Lazo narrates the incredible stories behind each art work.
“Volume 2: Landscapes & Other Works,” on the other hand, becomes a great kick off point for modern art discussion, as young writers Carlomar Daoana and art critic Cid Reyes tackle the genius of the artist through the point of view of a millennial.
To celebrate the momentous occasion, Rustan’s hosted a special dinner for family, friends and patrons of Amorsolo.
During the event, Sylvia Amorsolo Lazo shared, “My father had a view of the world that was remarkably youthful – the world is always fresh and bright, as depicted by his artworks contained in these coffee-table books.”
Through the help of editor Krip Yuson, the mind, passion and heart of the creative master is revealed.
Thus, the editor noted, “As writer Jane Allinson shares in her commentary Infinite Variety: Themes and Variations: ‘Fernando Amorsolo y Cueto put his soul on canvas. Each composition was a creative celebration — not a repetition — of the way he saw the world.’ An accurate assessment of the artist’s oeuvre confirms his statement: ‘My paintings are all original.’”
For every purchase ofAmorsolo: Love & Passion. , portion of the proceeds will go to EPCALM (Erwin Piedad Cabanag Adult Leukemia Ministries), a non-profit organization, which reaches out to leukemia patients, as well as their families.