20% OFF SALE NOW Taos Carving PATROCINO BARELA Our Lady of Guadalupe 13" x 4"

Category Art Art Sculptures

Current price $1,995.00

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Location Santa Fe, New Mexico 875** US

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Artist Patrocino Barela

Signed By Artist

Size Medium

Signed Yes

Custom Bundle No

Title Our Lady of Guadalupe

Material Wood

Certificate Of Authenticity (COA) No

Item Length 4 in

Region Of Origin New Mexico, USA

Subject Religious

Type Sculpture

Format Statue

Year Of Production 1930s

Original/Licensed Reproduction Original

Item Height 13 in

Style Folk Art

Features 1st Edition, One of a Kind (OOAK)

Production Technique Carving

Country/Region Of Manufacture United States

Handmade Yes

Culture Hispanic

Time Period Produced 1925-1949

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This is a 13" x 4" Original and Vintage carved wood sculpture by the important Taos, New Mexico santo carver Patrocino Barela, 1908-1964. The image is of 'Our Lady of Guadalupe', supported on a custom stand. Signed on the back with Barela's customary partial signature. Fine condition.
Born in Bisbee, Arizona, around 1900, Barela arrived in Taos with his brother and their widowed father in 1908. For the next three years, Barela worked as child laborer, then left his family to begin a long period as an itinerant laborer in New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming, usually as a farmworker or sheepherder. In 1930, he returned to the Taos area, and married Remedios Josefa Trujillo y Vigil, a widow with four children, the following year.
Their marriage, and his new responsibilities, coincided with The Depression. Work became scarce. When he could not find other employment, Barela carved wood; even when his did find work, he often stayed up all night to carve. Eventually he was hired as a teamster through a government relief program, but continued to carve wooden sculptures featuring religious and secular themes, mostly involving human relationships.
In 1935, Barela's carvings came to the attention of Vernon Hunter, head of the New Mexico Federal Art Project (FAP). Hunter invited Barela to transfer from Emergency Relief Administration employment to the FAP, where he could carve full-time. Barela soon began to attract critical notice when his carvings were included in an exhibition of WPA artists at the Museum of New Mexico's Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe.
In 1936, when eight of his wood sculptures were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, again in an exhibition of WPA sponsored art, "Time" magazine declared him the "discovery of the year." Except for his brief national recognition, Barela remained little known outside New Mexico.
In 1940, Hunter featured Barela in an exhibition at the University of New Mexico celebrating the state's "Coronado Cuarto Centennial, 1540-1940." He was one of the last artists to be let go from the FAP, in 1943. However, Barela made fewer and fewer sculptures in the last years of the program, returning to herding sheep and occasional farmwork.
However, by 1951, Barela was back in the Taos area and devoting his time to carving, often selling his work to the small following of dealers and other artists who collected his sculpture. By the 1950's, galleries in Taos represented him, particularly La Galeria Escondida, where his work was shown along with Taos modernist art. He also bartered his carvings for food, liquor, or supplies. Among his patrons was Helene Wurlitzer, who assembled an outstanding collection of his sculptures. In October 1964, Barela died in an early morning fire in his shop, where he had fallen asleep while carving.
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