B. Philippines, 1922 – 1983
Still Life Flowers, 1970
Signed and dated on lower right
Oil on canvas
58 x 89 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Canada
RM 1,500 – RM 3,000
This is a beautiful depiction of flowers in a vase. Cesar Buenaventura was a Filipino painter known throughout his home country for his vibrantly colourful and thickly painted depictions of landscapes and people of the Philippines. Buenaventura often depicted farmers plowing fields or fisherman coming back from the sea, focusing on quiet scenes of everyday domestic and agrarian life. Similar to the peasant painting series of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh, he lent these scenes an almost holy sense of respect and empathy for his subjects, elevating the labouring of people. Born on January 14, 1922 in Manila, Philippines, Buenaventura was the son of the celebrated Filipino painter Teodoro Buenaventura. The younger Buenaventura was initially forbidden from studying art in school because of his father’s objections, but later on, his father would train him and allow him to become a pupil of the famous painter Fernando Amorsolo. He died in 1983 in the Philippines.