Work by Oscar Navarro (1921-1973) came in with a tear. The white color surrounding the area likely means that tape was used to “fix” the area. However, when the tape was removed, it lifted part of the paint surface.
Oscar Navarro was born in Ermita, Manila. He studied at the University of Philippines School of Fine Arts, but was interrupted by WWII; most of his classmates were victims in the Bataan Death March.
His style comes from the classic tradition, but he differs from the Amorsolo school in the choice of color tone, opting for green and brown over yellow and orange.
This work depicts an agrarian scene that is a vanishing sight for modernizing Philippines. It was painted in 1954.
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