Harvest is a 1975 painting in oil on canvas by Tam Austria depicting a harvest scene. It measures 91.5 x 122 cm and belongs to the Johny Litton Collection.
Harvest shows an ideal picture that depicts human labor or common people's desire for a happy, healthy, and prosperous life. It is represented by the whimsical fullness of the human figures muscles, veins, and sinew and so with the wavelike appearance of the harvested stalks.
History and context
As one of the founders of the so-called "School of Botong” composed of Rizal and Laguna artists, Austria is known for his folk genre works that depict life in the country. His work has been described as full of spontaneous and creative energy, which are highly detailed and engaging to the eye. Harvest lives up to this description and falls in with Austria's other works which also depict rural scenes, local legends and family life in the rural Philippines.
- CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, 1st ed. Philippines: CCP Publications Office, 1994.
- Tam Austria (b. 1943), Bantay Salakay. Leon Gallery Fine Art & Antiques. Accessed on 13 May 2021.