• Country, God, and the Sublime: Imaginative Reflections on the Life and Works of the Philippine Painter Ricarte Puruganan

    Author(s):
    Alvin Alagao (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    History of Art, Philosophy
    Subject(s):
    Aesthetics, Art and history
    Item Type:
    Thesis
    Institution:
    University of the Philippines Diliman
    Tag(s):
    Art history, aesthetics, philippine art, art theory
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/a5q1-0y88
    Abstract:
    This study focuses on the Philippine artist Ricarte Puruganan’s reckoning with the ideas of “country,” “God,” and “the sublime.” It does so through a hermeneutic reading of the artist’s works as a cultural text. In order to fill the gaps in the historiographic record and to enrich the material on the artist that was already available, the author engaged in imaginative reflection. This act of imagination was used to shape the narrative presented in this work. The thesis presents a biography of Ricarte Puruganan as well as an explication of his aesthetics (particularly his ideas on a Philippine Kunstwollen—or will to form—and the sublime in Philippine art). It also provides an exploration of the tropes the painter used in his artistic discourse—such an exploration was imperative as it is only through the use of these discrete expressive mechanisms built on visual metaphors that Ricarte was (and is) able to impress his ideas on “country,” “God,” and “the sublime” on us.
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