ca. 1935-1943 Patrociño Barela Born: Bisbee, Arizona Died: Cañon, New Mexico 1964 carved and stained fir 19 1/2 x 9 x 1 1/4 in. (49.5 x 22.8 x 3.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration 1985.65.4 Not currently on view
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Patrociño Barela carved images of saints as well as sculptures inspired by the events leading up to World War II. In this piece the only color is in the form of a red cross, an internationally recognized emblem for humanitarian protection. Barela may have created this sculpture to honor the work of the Red Cross volunteers during the early years of the war, in the same way that he would immortalize a religious figure.
Emblem - cross
Figure female - full length
New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project - New Mexico
sculpture - relief
wood - fir
About Patrociño Barela
Born: Bisbee, Arizona Died: Cañon, New Mexico 1964
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