Lot 11

b. The Philippines, 1939 - d. 2002  


Signed and dated 'Paco Gorospe 1966' (upper right)
Oil on board
89.5cm x 59cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 3,000 - 5,000


Executed in 1966, this historical piece by one of Filipino’s accomplished painters, Francisco “Paco” Gorospe depicts two female figures in the act of caressing their long black hair. Illustrated in a representational manner, the figures – one seated and the other standing behind the other - are dressed in pale green and beige blouses and dark long skirts. Their expressionless faces are interpreted by their round black eyes and a short vertical line to indicate their noses. Two Women has been in private collection for almost five decades and will be introduced to the Malaysian public for the very first time.

Born in Binondo, Manila, Francisco “Paco” Gorospe was inspired by the simple and colourful lifestyle of native tribes from the south of the Philippines such as the Yakans, the Bogobos and the Tausugs. He was one of the great Filipino artists from the original Mabini Art Scene of Metro Manila. Often he was dubbed the “Picasso of the Philippines”, although he had developed his own style during his lifetime and one of his identification topics was his own development from Impressionism via Primitivism and Expressionism towards Cubism and Futurism. Today he is regarded as one of the famous artists from Mabini Art of the Philippines. He later opened his gallery in Mabini and sold his paintings locally, gradually gaining recognition. Paco started with crayons, later using watercolours and finally shifted to oil paintings. Paco’s first major exhibition took place in 1962 at the Washington State Fair. In 1964 his works were chosen to represent the Philippines at the New York World Fair. Other foreign exhibitions followed namely in Okinawa, Japan (1972); Baden-Baden, Germany (1989); Switzerland and Denmark. In 1990, his work Sabungeros (Cockfighting) was chosen by the Philippine Airlines for the cover of their playing cards.