The Red Planet of Amorsolo

The Red Planet of Amorsolo is a blog about the art, life, and work of the great Filipino painter, Amorsolo.

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Amorsolo is a small planet that lies within the innermost reaches of the solar system. It is a rocky world with a thin atmosphere and is thought to be covered in a layer of red dust. Amorsolo has no moons and is believed to be unsuitable for life as we know it.

This planet was first discovered in 1877 by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli. He named it Amorsolo after the Italian word for “alone” or “solitude”. The name was later changed to Mars by the English astronomer Sir John Herschel.

Despite its hostile environment, Amorsolo has been the subject of intense scientific study over the years. This is because it is thought to be similar to Earth in many ways, and so it is seen as a potential place to look for signs of life beyond our own world.

The Early Life of Amorsolo

Amorsolo was born in Paco, Manila. His father was a painter and he taught Amorsolo the rudiments of Western painting. In 1909, Amorsolo enrolled at the Liceo de Manila and later studied at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado (now the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines). He graduated with honors in 1914.

When Amorsolo was 18 years old, he married Leonora Garcia with whom he had two children: Aurora Amorsolo-Recto (married to future Philippine Senator Clifford Recto) and Carlos Amorsolo Jr..

The First Works of Amorsolo

The Red Planet of Amorsolo is a series of paintings by the Filipino artist Amorsolo. The paintings depict the planet Mars as it might have looked if it were inhabited by intelligent life.

The series was inspired by a dream that Amorsolo had in which he saw Martian creatures living in an idyllic world of green fields and red skies. The first painting in the series, “The Red Planet of Amorsolo I”, was completed in 1915. The series was exhibited for the first time in 1916 at the Galleon Art Gallery in Manila.

Since then, the paintings have been exhibited several times in the Philippines and abroad, and have been widely praised by critics. They are considered to be among Amorsolo’s finest works, and are a testament to his skill as a painter and his imagination as an artist.

The Later Works of Amorsolo

After the war, Amorsolo’s works took on a more nostalgic tone, featuring bucolic landscapes and idyllic scenes of Philippine rural life. He continued to produce portraits and genre scenes, but his subjects now also included mythological and religious scenes. In his later years, Amorsolo’s health began to decline, and he died in 1972.

The Death of Amorsolo

Few artists have inspired as much controversy and debate as Hector Amorsolo. A prolific painter, he was one of the most popular artists of his time. But his work was not without its critics. Some accused him of being too sentimental, while others faulted him for being too realistic.

Amorsolo’s work was once again brought into the spotlight when, in 2012, one of his paintings sold for a record-breaking price at auction. The painting, “The Death of Amorsolo,” became the most expensive Filipino painting ever sold, fetching over $5 million.

The high price paid for the painting surprised many, given the mixed critical reception of Amorsolo’s work. But it also served to reignite the debate about his place in art history. Was he a master painter or a hack? A realist or a romantic?

There is no easy answer to these questions. Amorsolo was an artist who defy classification. He was a Romantic realist who blended elements of both styles in his work. His paintings often depicted everyday scenes in Philippine life, but they were also suffused with a dreamlike quality that was distinctly his own.

Amorsolo’s unique vision and style won him many admirers during his lifetime. And even though he is no longer with us, his paintings continue to inspire both love and debate.


In conclusion, the red planet of Amorsolo is a fascinating place with many unique features. It is thought to be one of the most hospitable places in our solar system for life to exist, and its unique geology and climate make it an ideal location for future colonization. Despite its many positive attributes, the planet remains largely unexplored and we still have much to learn about its potential for supporting life.

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