Paul Strand, American, 1890 - 1976
Estate of Paul Strand, American, 1890 - 1976
Virginia Zabriskie (New York, New York)
Not currently on view
Cristo with Thorns, Huexotla, Mexico
Paul Strand (American, 1890 - 1976)
Mexico (Place Created)
Huexotla, Mexico (Place Depicted)
24.8 × 19.2 cm (9 3/4 × 7 9/16 in.)
© Aperture Foundation
Paul Strand's 1940 portfolio, Photographs of Mexico, included this image of a humble, careworn Christ, outfitted with hair and adorned in velvet. Made outside Mexico City, the painted sculpture constituted a sophisticated example of indigenous craftsmanship. For Strand, the deity was alive with the striving faith of the artisans who created the piece.
By isolating the figure, Strand focused on a topic that was relevant to the contemporary viewer: the working man's daily struggle to attain redemption.