Solomon Saprid (1917 - 2003) - Skipping Rope (One of Series)
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Solomon Saprid (1917 - 2003) - Skipping Rope (One of Series)
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Solomon Saprid (1917 - 2003) - Skipping Rope (One of Series)

US
NY, US
US
60% above estimate
Realized Price
28,800 USD*
1,600,000 PHP

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PROPERTY FROM THE ARCH. GABRIEL FORMOSO COLLECTION \n\nSkipping Rope (One of Series) \n\nsigned and dated 1974 \n\nbrass \n\nheight: 41 1/2? (105 cm) width: 17? (43 cm) length: 23? (58 cm) \n\nAccompanied by a certificate issued by the heirs of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot \n\nWRITE UPSolomon Saprid was at the prime of his artistic career when he made the work at hand in 1974. A year prior, he had achieved that feat of becoming the first Filipino sculptor?and artist, in general?to be featured in a documentary film, which premiered in the 1st Australian Biennale held at the iconic Sydney Opera House from November 1 to December 1, 1973, to which Saprid was also the sole Philippine representative. Flashback to 1972, Saprid unveiled what would eventually become his magnum opus, his pièce de résistance?the bronze ?GomBurZa? Monument, unveiled and inaugurated in 1972 in time for the centenary of the martyrdom of the three Filipino priests whose execution by garrote ignited the flames of Philippine nationalism. At the time of its inauguration, Saprid?s ?GomBurZa? was christened as ?Manila?s first modern monument? by future National Artist for Literature Alejandro Roces and would be elevated to the elite list of national monuments by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in 2021. Thus, we see in Skipping Rope Saprid at the zenith of his creative powers. The work, with its arresting, uncontrived snapshot of a girl playing with a skipping rope, captures a palpable sense of dynamic action made possible by Saprid?s masterful endowment of a jagged quality. It is as if Saprid makes his viewers anticipate the circular swinging of the rope as the girl jumps over it. As the eminent art critic Alfredo Roces once said of Saprid?s works: ?A Saprid sculpture has a kinetic quality to it?a sense of arrested action. The effect is one towards which the artist strives. He refers to it as ?frozen motion.? I?m sure you experienced it as you viewed his work.? The work would eventually find its way in the hands of the distinguished architect Gabriel Formoso, the architectural genius behind some of Manila?s most iconic modernist landmarks, including the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex along Roxas Boulevard, the Lepanto Building in Paseo de Roxas, Makati, and the Pacific Star Building in Buendia corner Makati Avenue, then the country?s tallest building upon its inauguration in 1989. (Adrian Maranan)
US
NY, US
US
60% above estimate
Realized Price
28,800 USD*
1,600,000 PHP

*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.

*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.


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