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AUCTION 22

 
Mexican Folk Art—Reverse Glass Painting






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415.     [MEXICAN FOLK ART]. Anonymous untitled reverse glass primitive painting of Christ Carrying the Cross. Mexico, undated (early twentieth century?). 25 x 20.4 cm, in stark contemporary dark brown wooden frame with home-made metal eyelet for hanging. Christ with bright yellow halo, green crown of thorns, red drops of blood on face, wearing a sienna robe richly decorated in gilt, thick and simple black cross over Christ’s shoulder, deep blue background, small green promontory at lower left. Other than a few small abrasions and slight loss of pigment at lower left corner (affecting only the promontory), very fine and bright. Mexican folk art in this medium has a low survival rate.

     Older examples of reverse glass painting in good condition are difficult to obtain, due to the fragile nature of the medium. Although artists used durable natural colors—gold, opaque colored earth and plant dyes, ground malachite, and lapis lazuli in an egg white or gum arabic medium—the glass broke easily. As is typical with this genre of art painted in reverse on glass, the present example is effused with radiance and exceptionally vibrant colors.

($300-600)

Sold. Hammer: $300.00; Price Realized: $360.00

Auction 22 Abstracts

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