War

  • Patrociño Barela, War, 1942, pine, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, 1985.65.9

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Patrociño Barela brought the rough, “untaught” style of his carvings of saints to these reliefs, which read like storyboards describing the chaotic, violent events leading up to World War II. Like many American artists working in the 1930s, Barela saw the events unfolding in Europe and Asia and saw a new conflict on the horizon. Progression in War tells a story from left to right: from the head-to-head discussion between political leaders, to invasion by air and land, to violent confrontation between individual soldiers.

Title
War
Artists
Date
1942
On View
Dimensions
11 3/8 x 71 x 1 1/4 in. (28.8 x 180.4 x 3.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – vehicle – airplane
  • State of being – evil – war
  • Allegory – civic – war
  • Figure group
  • New Deal – Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project – New Mexico
  • Object – other – flag
Object Number
1985.65.9
Palette
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