"Field Workers", 1960
oil on board
signed and dated lower right.
Matted and framed.
sight 15-3/4" x 27-3/4"
Provenance: Purchased from the artist; Private collection, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Notes: A native of the Philippines, Tabuena spent most of his adult life in Mexico. He studied architectural drawing at Mapua Institute of Technology and attended the Art Student League, New York and l'Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris. He began painting the rural landscapes of his native region in the 1940s, continuing to work within this genre upon his move to Mexico. His early paintings employed a distinct technique - somewhat reminiscent of Cubism - of interlocking shapes of rich, translucent jewel-tones which merge to create works of multidimensional depth. His slightly nostalgic landscapes, as evidenced by the works presented here as lots 856 and 857, are carefully and brilliantly composed, distilling the setting to its most necessary and basic.
Tabuena was the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including the prestigious 2007 Presidential Merit Award from the Philippine Government.