Loading Spinner
Don’t miss out on items like this!

Sign up to get notified when similar items are available.

Lot 20: Hernando R. Ocampo (1911 - 1978) - Homage to Margot Fonteyn

Est: ₱4,600,000 PHP - ₱5,980,000 PHPSold:
Leon GalleryMarch 09, 2024Makati City, Philippines

Item Overview

Description


Homage to Margot Fonteyn
signed and dated 1974 (lower right)
acrylic on masonite board
36” x 36” (91 cm x 91 cm)


PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist Private collection, Japan

LITERATURE: De Jesus, Angel G. H.R. Ocampo: The Artist as Filipino. Manila: Heritage Publishing, 1979. Black-and-white photograph on page 62 and painting description on page 63.

WRITE UP:
Ode to a Prima Ballerina From the Alpha Neo-Realist When H.R. Ocampo made this loving homage to the legendary English ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn (born Margaret Evelyn de Arias), the artist was at his most powerful in terms of visual language characterized by a sublime poetic lyricism and injecting evocative imagery and recollections. The work at hand belongs to the final period of Ocampo’s painting career: the “Visual Melody Period” of 1968 to 1978, which he described in a May 1972 interview with Cid Reyes and published in Conversations on Philippine Art as “approximating the properties of music,” approaching his paintings “as if they were chamber music, which, I suppose, one can consider “pure music.” This period also saw the creation of what is perhaps Ocampo’s magnum opus: the 1969 oil painting Genesis, which he deemed as the “full-flowering” of his Visual Melody and would eventually be transformed into a monumental tapestry for the main stage curtain of the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Ocampo’s “Visual Melody Period” also coincided with a string of venerable honors bestowed upon the artist: the 1969 “Patnubay ng Sining,” Araw ng Maynila Award, the 1976 “Diwa ng Lahi,” the highest cultural award of the Araw ng Maynila festivities, and the 1977 Caloocan City “Outstanding Citizen Award.” Homage to Margot Fonteyn also shows Ocampo in one of his earliest experimentations in acrylic. Eminent art critic Rod. Paras-Perez writes in his article “Ocampo: A New Vision,” dated August 12, 1974: “At 63, when most painters of the same generation have settled down to the use of one medium, Hernando R. Ocampo, post-war patriarch of modern art in the Philippines, takes to acrylic—likes it, and finds in the process, renewal.” In the same article, Ocampo even says that he approached an artist-friend for much-needed advice, who instructed him to use boards instead of canvas (the work at hand is painted on masonite board). Back to the painting’s subject, Dame Margot Fonteyn was among the most prominent international performers ever to grace the stage of the then-newly inaugurated Cultural Center of the Philippines. She was the “Prima Ballerina Assoluta” of the acclaimed British classical ballet company, the Royal Ballet (The title was accorded to her by Queen Elizabeth II, Patron of the Royal Ballet Company, in 1979 in honor of her 60th birthday.). Due to her numerous appearances at the CCP in the 1970s, Fonteyn became Manila’s “ballet darling” and was bestowed the International Artist Award in 1976. Ocampo was inspired to paint Fonteyn when he had the opportunity to watch the dame in one of her performances at the CCP in the early 1970s. The colors vary from earthy browns to ochres, seemingly evoking the stage floor of the Main Theater, which is made of Philippine mahogany. Ocampo’s senses harmoniously collide into each other like the melodious concordance of string, woodwind, and brass instruments that likely accompanied Fonteyn’s performance. The artist uses flat yet inherently and incessantly vibrant colors that metamorphose into each other seamlessly, in as much as those instruments resonated throughout the theater. One can imagine Ocampo’s Genesis tapestry serving as a majestic backdrop to the evocative gracefulness of Fonteyn’s ballerina virtuoso, as sublime melodies ranging from adagio to allegro accompany her enrapturing theatricality. Thus, Homage to Margot Fonteyn depicts a revitalized sense of environment where music becomes a visually dynamic and lush experience through the act of painting, with both art forms exalting a sensitive awakening to one’s lived experiences. (Adrian Maranan)

Artist or Maker

Payment & Shipping

Payment

Accepted forms of payment: COD (cash on delivery), MasterCard, Money Order / Cashiers Check, Personal Check, Visa, Wire Transfer

Shipping

Auction house will help to arrange shipment at buyer's expense.

Auction Details

The Asian Cultural Council Auction 2024

by
Leon Gallery
March 09, 2024, 02:00 PM PST

Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City, PH

Terms

Buyer's Premium

25.16%

Bidding Increments

From:To:Increment:
₱0₱9,999₱1,000
₱10,000₱19,999₱2,000
₱20,000₱59,999₱5,000
₱60,000₱199,999₱10,000
₱200,000₱399,999₱20,000
₱400,000₱799,999₱50,000
₱800,000₱1,999,999₱100,000
₱2,000,000₱4,999,999₱200,000
₱5,000,000₱9,999,999₱500,000
₱10,000,000+₱1,000,000

Terms & Conditions

The following are the terms and conditions that Leon Gallery has set for the auction. Kindly read carefully.

Leon Gallery, all the participants of the event, processes, and transactions shall be guided accordingly by these rules:

GENERAL:

a. Each item (lot) in this catalog is offered for sale dependent on the terms exhibited below.

b. All lots are numbered according to the catalog unless otherwise stated by the auctioneer.

c. Transferring, selling, assigning of lots to anyone other than the bidder that won prior to the removal of the lot from the gallery is not allowed. Only the winning bidder has the authority to remove the lot from the gallery.

d. All items sold do not have any warranty. Leon Gallery is not and will not be liable for any unfortunate circumstances that can happen to the lot after it has been transferred to the winning bidder.

e. All participants must agree to be bound by the terms that have been set by Leon Gallery.

BIDDING:

a. Bidders are required to complete and sign registration forms. Participants shall be asked to present a valid government-issued identification card (passport, driver's license, etc.) upon registration.

b. Before the auction proper, each buyer will be given an assigned buyer's number. The highest bidder of a specific lot shall be the buyer of the lot.

c. The auctioneer shall announce the winning bid and the corresponding buyer's number of the bidder. Failure of the winning bidder to object at the time of the announcement shall be considered as an acknowledgment of the bid and purchase. The buyer is legally liable to purchase the lot or pay the difference if the host must re-offer and sell it for a reduced price.

d. The buyer's premium shall be 25.16%

e. The auctioneer shall be in charge of supervising the bidding and shall be the sole arbiter of any disputes. Leon Gallery reserves the right to withdraw property at any time before the sale and reject a bid from any bidder.

f. Absentee bids are allowed in this auction. They are permitted to bid until fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of the auction for all the items in the auction. Absentee bids for later lots may continue to be accepted according to announcements or signs posted on the office window. A deposit may be requested on absentee bids over Two Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 200,000) or at the discretion of the auctioneer. The auctioneer will be responsible of bidding the absentee bid in opposition to the floor bidders. In case a tie occurs, the earlier bid wins the lot. Leon Gallery will not be liable for any failed absentee bid. The absentee bidders may contact the gallery after the auction to know if they won the lot.

PAYMENT:

a. The balance of the invoice must be paid in full and merchandise picked up within three (3) days from the date of the sale. One week after the auction, left items may be moved to an off-site facility for pick-up. A storage fee will be charged if merchandise is left longer than two (2) weeks of One Hundred Pesos (Php 100) per lot per day. If the property is left longer than four (4) weeks, it will be considered abandoned. We are not responsible for shipping, but if packing and handling of purchased lots will be done by us, it is done at the entire risk of the purchaser. A refundable deposit may be required.

b. Cash, cashier's check, wire transfer, personal check (items may be held until the check clears). If any legal action is commenced to enforce these Conditions of Sale, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its reasonable attorney's fees and costs. Time is of the essence.

Payments shall be wired to:

Account Name: Leon Gallery
Account Number: 2166008845
Address: G/F Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo de Roxas, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

LITIGATION:

In case if litigation between Leon Gallery and the buyer, the parties must submit to the Law Courts of Makati.

Shipping Terms

Auction house will help to arrange shipment at buyer's expense.

Payment

a. The balance of the invoice must be paid in full and merchandise picked up within three (3) days from the date of the sale. One week after the auction, left items may be moved to an off-site facility for pick-up. A storage fee will be charged if merchandise is left longer than two (2) weeks of One Hundred Pesos (Php 100) per lot per day. If the property is left longer than four (4) weeks, it will be considered abandoned. We are not responsible for shipping, but if packing and handling of purchased lots will be done by us, it is done at the entire risk of the purchaser. A refundable deposit may be required.

b. Cash, cashier's check, wire transfer, personal check (items may be held until the check clears). If any legal action is commenced to enforce these Conditions of Sale, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its reasonable attorney's fees and costs. Time is of the essence.

Payments shall be wired to:

Account Name: Leon Gallery
Account Number: 2166008845
Address: G/F Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo de Roxas, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM