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Progression in War

Progression in War
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Patrociño Barela, born Bisbee, AZ ca. 1900-died Canon, NM 1964
ca. 1935-1943
Folk Art
carved and stained pine
11 1/4 x 71 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. (28.6 x 182.3 x 3.2 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration
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Luce Center Label
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. War has a similar progression, and we can see a soldier raising the American flag on a battleground, a man being measured, and military aircraft in the skies.
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