Cesar Legaspi: The Brave Modern
Cesar Legaspi (1917-1994) is one of the major artists in the history of Modernism in the Philippines. He is part of the Thirteen Moderns, a group led by Victorio Edades, and is identified as one of the postwar Neo-Realists. He was proclaimed National Artist in 1990. His work "shows the progression and development of Philippine painting in the 20th century—from the rigorous intellectualism of Cubism in his early paintings to the harmonious unity of stylized figuration and tropical chromaticism at the peak of Neo-Realism." He is known for his "fragmented pictorial style, intense color, and stark social commentary". This accompanying catalog to his exhibition at the Ayala Museum includes his early Cubist works from the pre-war period; to the Neo-Realist works in the 1950s and 1960s; and select large-scale works from the 1970s to the 1980s.
Ayala Foundation, Philippines
Softcover / 10.5 x 10.6 inches / 115 pages / Color