Victorio Edades is a painter who was the leader of the Thirteen Moderns who engaged their classical compatriots in heated debate over the nature and function of art. He was named a National Artist in 1976.
Edades studied at the University of Washington where he took up architecture and later earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting. Here Edades encountered a travelling exhibition presenting modern European artists such as Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso and the Surrealists.
When he returned to the Philippines in 1928. He recognized that there was limited creativity and that the artists of that time were merely copying each other. Edades sparked a debate between modern and classical art. The "Thirteen Moderns" was a list of artists which included Edades as an attempt to form a cohesive unit of artists who were in search of a modern style.
Edades work were a major contrast from the works of the Amorsolo and the Classicists
who painted bright cheery scenes of flawless Filipinos and their idealized daily
routines. Edades, on the other hand, presented figures in muddy earth colours -
13 December 1895
to 7 March 1985
Great Filipinos, Birth Centenary
#2360a, 1 Jun 1995
part of a se-
Paintings by Victorino Edades
"Two Igorot Women"
in National Stamp Collecting Month 1995
#2375, 6 Nov 1995
"The Builders" in National Stamp Collecting Month 1995
#2379, 6 Nov 1995
Philatelic Week 1990
#2043 16 Nov 1990
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