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JUAN LUNA THE FILIPINO AS PAINTER

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The Filipino As Painter, By Santiago Albano Pilar, Introduction By Nick Joaquin, Photographic Reproductions By Dick Baldovino, Hardcover: 268 pages, Publisher: Eugenio Lopez Foundation, Inc. (1980), language: English, "This book is the first full-length biography of Juan Luna, and may well be the definitive one, its author, Santiago Pilar, being an authority on Philippine art history. In graphic detail has he recreated the various backgrounds of Luna's brief but turbulent life. Colonial Manila in the 1870s, where Luna passed his adolescene. Madrid and Rome in the 1880s, when he won his first triumphs. The Paris of La Belle Epoque, a glittering stage for his tragic marriage. And the Philippines of the revolutionary era, where, like many an expatriate, he found that, as the saying puts it, "you can't go home again." Vividly traced is Luna's arduous journey to recognition, from the early hurting encounters with bias and prejudice, through the development of a grand style and the genesis of the great works, to his apotheosis as Maestro: an artist crowned with honors in the art capitals of the world. Especially intriguing, and bound to be controversial, is Santiago Pilar's dictum on the Luna style, which some modern critics describe as "impressionistic"--- or at least influenced by the impressionism then so fashionable among the avant-grade. It is Pilar's contention that Luna, far from being attracted by the new style, faulted is as sloppy, and that when he seems to exhibit its loose brushwork he's actually merely doodling, usually for a preliminary study. What really deeply influenced his mature period was "social realism," the extension into art of the socialist movement. However, despite experiments in what would now be called "proletarian art," the basic style of Luna remained classical, because classic dignity was what he desired for the Filipino and his dreamt-of republic. Such careful analyses of Luna's art are coupled in this book with penetrating analyses....." [from jacket, front flap] "Philippine and United States Copyright 1980 by Eugenio Lo'pez Foundation, Inc., Fifth Floor, Chronicle Building, Meralco Avenue, Pasig, Metro Manila, Republic of the Philippines." [from book], good condition but will have scratches, dents, minor tears, discolouration, marks and writing, 10x12", 1980, sourced from anonymous consignee,

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