Thursday, December 31, 2009

Leatrice Perry Galloway

Jennis Roy Galloway

These two paintings were done by a well-known Filipino painter - Fernando Amorsolo - of my mother and father. They are beautifully executed demonstrating the quality of light, softness of touch and thin application of paint that Amorsolo was known for. Here is a portion of what my father had to say about them:

"Following her transfer from the 9th General Hospital on Biak Island and some island hopping, Lee was able to join me in Manila, P.I., where she was put in charge of the WAC Dispensary in De La Salle College. During our service in Manila we met a painter, Fernando Amorsolo. Before the Japanese occupation he had been one of the more prominent Filipino painters. Throughout his long career portraiture was one of the reliable sources of support for his ever-growing family (he sired no less than 18 children).

After some negotiation he agreed to paint Lee and me. Four sittings were scheduled for each of us. These sittings were supplemented by several photographs which he took. Lee decided at the last minute that she did not want to be painted in uniform. She was able to borrow a dress from one of the nurses and Amorsolo obligingly painted this on her.......Amorsolo died in 1972 at the age of eighty. Arts of Asia Magazine devoted the cover and lead article of its May-June, 1984, issue to Amorsolo and his work. His paintings were still being offered for sale by various galleries in the USA as late as 1998."


10 comments:

  1. Beautiful portraits, I didn't know this artist.
    I love the light brought by each brush stroke.
    I wish you a happy new year and all the best for 2010, Nancy !

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  2. Thanks, Catherine! Amorsolo is highly thought of according to my friend who lives in the Philippines, although his personal portraits are not of as much interest to the collector. We are very fortunate that he agreed to paint my parents and the result is beautiful - that light he captures with his work is just lovely. Thanks for commenting!

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  3. great paintings. great story - i love a good dose of provenance!

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  4. So do I! BTW, my folks were married in Australia - my mother was the first female military personnel (army nurse) to be allowed to be married out of uniform. (Under newly released orders.) The town of Brisbane went all out for her and donated not only the satin for her wedding gown but had it made as well. Another wonderful citizen lent her an heirloom Brussels lace veil and the mayor of Brisbane met her when she landed with the key to the city!! The lucky couple then honeymooned in Sydney before the war took them back to their separate duties. Not surprisingly Australia and the Aussies, many of whom became life-long friends, remained dear to their hearts for the rest of their lives.

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  5. I thought I commented on this, but.... not many oil portraits grab me, but these are too good. And your mother was a true beauty!

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  6. Thanks, Nick! I think the portraits are lovely - particularly my mother's - but I'm also biased. :) And she was as lovely on the inside.

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  7. Lovely paintings of your parents! What a treasure, very lucky to have these for a remembrance.

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  8. Thanks, Sandy! And thanks for visiting!

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  9. Lovely paintings and a wonderful blog about two beautiful people

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  10. Thank you Elise! They were such a fun and interesting couple who provided my siblings and I with a wonderful life of travel and adventure. We miss them both tremendously!

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