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    Rafael Coronel (Mexican, born 1932)

    El Viejo en el Pasillo (The Old Man in the Walkway)
    1968
    Oil on canvas
    Signed lower right Rafael Coronel, 1968
    19 x 23 inches (48.3 x 58.4 cm)

    With his artistic style resembling that of Goya and Orozco, Rafael Coronel has carved out his own niche in the expressionist realist art world with his dramatic pictures of anguished lives, stoic figures and common people such as El Viejo en el Pasillo. The old man in the walkway, stooped, eyes set forward and trudging through the corridor exemplifies Coronel's ability to capture strife through a snapshot of deliberate motion, painful as it might be. A master of the chiaroscuro effect, Coronel casually creates depth in the picture, from the far right side of the painting that opens into a much deeper hallway where he uses a chocolate brown, moving to the inner corridor, a lighter brown and finally the old man who is the singular visage of frailty and humility, darker still. In contrast, Coronel brings him alive with the almost bronzed facial hue and texture with the meaty hands, seemingly arthritic and drooping.

    But there is more. Coronel's subtle use of shadowing the figure and blurring of the back of the robe the old man wears, along with again darkening the image behind the figure gives the viewer the sense of anticipation of El Viejo's next step. Coronel completed this picture in 1968 not long after the monumental murals he executed for the Museo Nacional de Antropolgia at Mexico City. A graduate of the Escuela Nacional de Pintura y Escultura in Mexico City, his work is much sought after for its innate beauty and depiction of the human form. His brother Pedro Coronel, who died in 1985, was an accomplished artist as well.

    Provenance:
    Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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