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Patrociño Barela, Angel de Muerte

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Two figures: Death pointing its arrow at a figure laying in bed. A third figure is hinted at above the other two. Wood is dark stained.

Patrociño Barela
Patrociño Barela worked most of his life as a wood carver in Taos, New Mexico. As a santero (an artist who creates sacred images), Barela is recognized by New Mexico's living artists as a major source of inspiration. His carvings are not only expressive of the rich Hispano heritage within which he created, but artistically his works display parallels to Romanesque art, Modern art, as well as to the primitive art of other world cultures.
Angel de Muerte, 1936
Overall: 12 5/8 x 20 7/8 in. (32 x 53 cm)
Courtesy of WPA