Jeepneys (painting)

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Jeepneys is a 1951 painting by Vicente Manansala depicting the vehicle used as a common means of transportation in the Philippines.[1] It was donated by Fernando Zobel to the Ateneo Art Gallery Collection.[2]


Jeepneys is a composition made in enamel on masonite board (fiberboard), measuring 51 x 59 cm. It shows the mastery of modernism within the Philippine context by the early 1950s modernists.[1][2] The painting primarily shows images of the Philippines' "King of the Road".

History and context

This work is important not only because it shows the development of modernism earlier after the end of war, but also it marks the change from the rural scenes of the Amorsolo school to urban scenes. Strong folk images are also emphasized to imply the struggle for survival.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, 1st ed. Philippines: CCP Publications Office, 1994.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Vicente Manansala. Ateneo Art Gallery. Accessed on 13 May 2021.



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