Saved from the Firing Squad, Mexican Folk Art Retablo on Tin Dated 1935

Regular price $100.00

I am always on the hunt for great ex voto retablo--beautiful antique ones, but also unusual, folky 20th century examples, the more singular and specific the scenario the better. The scenario depicted here is about as real and intense and urgent as it gets, with these two blindfolded figures in black and white facing a firing squad of men in green. There are really two heroines here- the woman in red at top left delivering a last minute pardon, and the Senora de Soledad (another name for Mary) at top right, so wonderfully depicted, who is being thanked for her intervention. While very naively done (which of course I love), I think it also has an elegance and sophistication to it, with an organization to the composition that feels strong and resolved. Signed by Dionisia Hernandez and dated 1935.

10 x 7 1/16" and in good condition, with some texture to the tin from old rust, as visible on the reverse. No major dings or bends, and holes in the corner for hanging.