Landscape into Painting: Fernando Zobel Serie Blanca

The body of work of Fernando Zobel (1924-1984) executed between 1975 to 1978 is referred to as the Serie Blanca. The lines, gestural strokes, and saturated color in his previous work had been absorbed into space, revealing a mostly bare, white space with minimal color and shade. Eminent art critic Emmanuel Torres described Zobel’s artistic journey as a “progression from the material to the spiritual.”

The exhibition aims to show why the White Series, considered the artist’s most lyrical and enigmatic period, is a peak in Fernando Zobel’s continuing mastery over material, form, and composition.

Curated by Ditas R. Samson
date_range 4 Dec 2021- 31 Jan 2023
location_on 3F Fernando Zobel Gallery

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About the Artist

Fernando Zobel

27 Aug 1924 - 2 Jun 1984

Described as a transnational artist, Spanish-Filipino painter Fernando Zóbel (1924-1984) thrived in different cities in diverse continents. He witnessed and was influenced by major art movements as they were occurring in the Philippines, the United States and Spain—the beginnings of modern art in the work of Filipino artists, the rise of Abstract Expressionism in New York, and the growth of abstract painting in Spain. In Manila where he was born, Zóbel was one of the key figures in the introduction and education of modern art, especially in non-objectivism in the 1950s. When he settled in Spain in 1960, he found collegiality and identity in the company of his generation of Spanish artists. The Spanish Ministry of Culture awarded Zóbel with the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts in 1983; and, in 2006 the Philippine government paid homage with a posthumous Presidential Medal of Merit. With these honors, both countries celebrate and recognize the contributions and legacy of Fernando Zobel to generations of Filipino and Spanish artists.

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Rafael I

Fernando Zobel, 1978

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

75.5 x 66 cm

Collection

Painting

Acknowledgement

Private Collection

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La Piedra III

Fernando Zobel, 1976

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

60 x 60 cm

Collection

Painting

Acknowledgement

Private Collection

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Brighton II

Fernando Zobel, 1975

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

60 x 60 cm

Collection

Painting

Acknowledgement

Private Collection

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Homenaje a Teobaldo Boehm

Fernando Zobel, 1976

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

97.5 x 97.5 cm

Collection

Fine Arts

Description

The painting, Homenaje a Teobaldo Boehm belongs to the Serie Blanca period (1975-1978) of the artist. Fernando Zobel (1924-1984) refers to Theobald Boehm who invented the modern flute. The artist often listened to classical flute music while working in his studio. The artist looked at the parallel lines of a flute’s outline and its reflection as suggestive of landscape and its horizon Zobel even tried to learn how to play the instrument and this painting is a tribute to the virtuoso and composer of flute music.

Acknowledgement

Ayala Museum Collection | Gift of Jaime and Beatriz Zobel de Ayala

Location

3F Fernando Zobel Gallery

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