Amorsolo’s “The Bathers”

Your brown skin shining in the sun

This extraordinary image was mailed to me last June by young Lorraine in Quezon City, Philippines, and I can’t imagine why I didn’t post it to Wild Postcards right away (at that time, this site was still just a glimmer in my eye). Perhaps I was saving the card for this forum.

I don’t think that this card was intended to be a postcard; there are no postcard markings on the back, and it measures 5″ x 7″. I think it was meant to be framed, and it’s certainly worthy of that. It’s a reproduction of the 1953 painting The Bathers by Fernando Amorsolo, whom Lorraine calls “one of the Philippines’ national artists.” According to the card, the original painting is an oil on canvas measuring 75 x 95 centimeters and is privately owned, but was featured at the exhibition Ode to the Pasig River at the Ayala Museum in 2006.

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