Cesar Legaspi

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Cesar Legaspi (1917-1994) was a Filipino modern artist who was one of the National Artists of the Philippines in 1990 in painting. He was also an illustrator and artistic director.

As one of the Thirteen Moderns and among the first Neo-Realists, Legaspi was an influential painter who refined Philippine cubism. His social realist works depicting the sufferings of urban beggars and laborers were presented in a distinctive expressionistic style that made use of geometric fragmentation to create a powerfully disturbing mood. His striking works not only helped usher in modern art but contributed to its eventual acceptance.

His works include Man and Woman (or Beggars), Gadgets, Gadgets II, Diggers, Triptych, Flight, Bayanihan, Struggle, Avenging Figure, Turning Point, Peace, The Survivor, The Ritual.


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