‘Amorsolo: Love & Passion’ now available

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As a staunch supporter of the arts, Philippine heritage and Filipino talent, Rustan’s makes sure that the work and legend of one of Philippines’ most celebrated artists is never forgotten with the re-launching of Amorsolo: Love & Passion. This two-volume is available at Rustan’s.

Published by Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation Inc., the new volumes delve deeper into the stories of the subjects behind the famous portraits, with Amorsolo’s daughter herself, Sylvia Amorsolo Lazo, recounting the memories behind each piece. A true genius of his time, Fernando Amorsolo was best known for his masterful illuminated (chiaroscuro) landscapes and portraits. Through his extensive work, Amorsolo helped form the Filipino national identity and nurture a sense of nationhood by celebrating our culture, traditions and Filipino ideals. He was and will remain to be an important figure in Philippine Art. 

‘Amorsolo: Love & Passion,’ a two-volume mini coffee table book, delves deeper into the stories of the subjects behind each famous portrait by Fernando Amorsolo.

The new mini-coffee table books (sized at 9.5 x 12.75 inches) includes two volumes: the first of which is Portraits, which features 309 Amorsolo paintings and photos in the compact 188 pages, and Landscapes & Other Works, which includes 193 images by the renowned maestro. 

Volume 1: Portraits, which features his works on prominent portrait subjects like Senate President Manuel L. Quezon, Enrique Zobel Ayala and General Douglas MacArthur, among others, is an especially important piece of work as Sylvia Amorsolo-Lazo narrates the incredible stories behind each art work. 

Volume II: Landscapes & Other Works, on the other hand, becomes a great kick off point for modern art discussion, as young writers Carlomar Daoana and art critic Cid Reyes tackle the genius of the artist through the point of view of a millennial.

From left: EPCALM’s Justice Demerre, Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation’s Herman Lazo, EPCALM’s Dra. Erlyn Demerre, Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation’s Fernando Lazo, Rustan Commercial Corporation Chairman and CEO Zenaida Tantoco, Sylvia Amorsolo Lazo, Rustan’s Marketing Head Dina Tantoco, and Contributor and Writer Cid Reyes

Sylvia Amorsolo Lazo shares, “My father had a view of the world that was remarkably youthful – the world is always fresh and bright, as depicted by his artworks contained in these coffee-table books.”

Through the help of editor Krip Yuson, the mind, passion and heart of the creative master is revealed. Yuson shares “As writer Jane Allinson shares in her commentary Infinite Variety: Themes and Variations: ‘Fernando Amorsolo y Cueto put his soul on canvas. Each composition was a creative celebration — not a repetition — of the way he saw the world. An accurate assessment of the artist’s oeuvre confirms his statement: ‘My paintings are all original.’”

Amorsolo: Love & Passion is now available at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Gateway, and Rustan’s Alabang. 

For every purchase, portion of the proceeds will go to EPCALM (Erwin Piedad Cabanag Adult Leukemia Ministries), a non-profit organization, which reaches out to leukemia patients, as well as their families.

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