International Art

September 1924, 2020
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LOT 576

Lot 576

Rafael Coronel (1932-2019)

Rafael Coronel (1932-2019)
Lot 576 Details
Rafael Coronel (1932-2019), Mexican


Oil on canvas; signed lower right
17.7 x 18 in — 45 x 45.7 cm

Estimate $7,000-$9,000

Realised: $6,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Rafael Coronel (1932-2019)
  • Rafael Coronel (1932-2019)
  • Rafael Coronel (1932-2019)

Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico, DF, accompanied by the original receipt dated 8 April 1965 at Mexico City authorized by Inés Amor;
Collection of Paul Duval, Toronto


See John Canaday's review "Mexican Modernism." The New York Times, 25 April 1965. This lot, illustrated in black and white, called "Portrait of Aurelia" is featured as one of the 15,000 young Mexican artists active at that time in New York who followed the Mexican humanistic figurative tradition of Diego Rivera and Orozco rather than abstraction.

Born in Mexico in 1932, Canaday writes: "The people Coronel paints wait quietly on the canvas, regarding the spectator as if not yet willing to admit him into their worlds, but ready to examine him as a desirable entrant and hopeful of discovering a sympathetic response. The mood is at once one of isolation and of hope, based in a conviction of goodness. Certainly none of this can be tied to Mexicanism in a specific way, as so much of Orozco's painting can be tied."


Galeria d'arte Mexicano, 8 April 1965, Mexico City


Paul Duval loved Mexico and travelled there frequently. He loved the portrait of Aurelia. He acquired the portrait before Canaday's review highlighting this work was written.


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LOT 576

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