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El Charles IV
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Being one of Fernando Zobel’s first paintings, El Charles IV represents works from his formative years as an artist. He balanced his time between his Harvard academics and the time he devoted to painting, the latter receiving much of his attention. This painting is a work in progress, part of the artist’s formative years which “were spent searching for an identity” as a painter (Soriano, 2006, p.88) and his sense of nationality. Zobel’s art slowly gained recognition and “his historical importance became increasingly apparent as one of the original and most important contributors to contemporary Philippine art and culture.” (2006, p.98)

History of the Object
Donated by Alexander Calhoun, roommate of Fernando Zobel in Harvard University, El Charles IV is a painting based on the Charles River found in Massachusetts. Zobel was a student at Harvard University at that time (1949) and was slowly getting acquainted with local artists, namely Reed Champion, James Pfeufer, and Hyman Bloom. Zobel’s first few paintings were made in the style of the Boston School “which is a mixture of symbolic expressionism and romanticism influence by Rouault, Picasso (particularly the Blue Period) and Byzantine mosaic.” (Paras-Perez, 1990, p.117)

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Oil on canvas 
Measurements
30 (length) x 91.8 (width) cm. 
Creator name
Fernando Zobel 
Creator date
1924-1984 
Where it was made
USA; Massachusetts 
Geography
USA 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1949 
Function
Painting 
Acquisition
Gift of Alexander Calhoun 
Copyright
This photograph and information pertaining to the artwork pictured herein may be used only once and only for the purpose of the Virtual Collection of Masterpieces (VCM) project. The image may not be cropped or manipulated. Credits (title of artwork, artist, collection/owner, and Ayala Museum) should always be included when publishing this photograph. 
Acknowledgements
References: Paras-Perez, Rod. Fernando Zobel.Manila: Eugenio Lopez Foundation, Inc., 1990 Paras-Perez, Rod et al. Pioneers of Philippine Art: Makati: Ayala Foundation, Inc., 2004 Zobel. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2004. 
Owner
Ayala Museum 
Museum
Ayala Museum 
Credit line
Ayala Museum collection 

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