The J. Paul Getty Museum

Cristo with Thorns, Huexotla, Mexico

Object Details

Title:

Cristo with Thorns, Huexotla, Mexico

Artist/Maker:

Paul Strand (American, 1890 - 1976)

Culture:

American

Places:

Mexico (Place Created)

Huexotla, Mexico (Place Depicted)

Date:

1933

Medium:

Platinum print

Object Number:

87.XM.149

Dimensions:

24.8 × 19.2 cm (9 3/4 × 7 9/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Aperture Foundation

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Object Description

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.

Provenance
Provenance
1933-1976

Paul Strand, American, 1890 - 1976

1976-1982

Estate of Paul Strand, American, 1890 - 1976

1982-1987

Virginia Zabriskie (New York, New York)

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Paul Strand: People and Place (September 11 to November 25, 1990)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), September 11 to November 25, 1990
Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Optical Parables (November 13, 2001 to February 9, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 13, 2001 to February 17, 2002
  • Museo Nacional de Arte (Mexico City), March 14 to June 2, 2002
  • Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), November 10, 2002 to February 9, 2003
Three Roads Taken: The Photographs of Paul Strand (May 10, 2005 to June 10, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 10 to September 4, 2005
  • Musée d'Art Américain (Giverny), April 1 to June 10, 2006
Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910 - 1940 (July 6 to September 29, 2013)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), July 6 to September 29, 2013