Crucifixion Painting by Augusto Marin


Crucifixion is a small format work that measures around 11 “x 14” from 1983 that was exposed for a short time in the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico in 2015. In this subject, we see how the artist Augusto Marin takes the religious theme and manages to capture the scene of Christ in his last moments. The work was elaborated in a fast but controlled way, where the lines without interruption show four faces in the composition, being Christ the main personage.

The Christ is created in an expressionist pattern with basic lines interlaced in his anatomy while to his left there are two static spectators with bright green and brown colors followed by the same stroke pattern of the Christ, ending with the appearance of an angelic silhouette with light pink lines emanating the light in this composition. At the moment of analyzing the Christ on his cross, we notice that the artist selected an intense red, symbolic red that suggests blood being poured from the upper pole to the lower pole in the composition. It is interesting that the Christ is the only figure where the red predominates, we see that there are two different types of red that interlace as they descend from the head to the ground. Did Marin wish to remind us that this blood will be the one that could cleanse the sin of the world, turning this work into a merely religious painting?

FullSizeRender-1 copy.jpgInterestingly we can note that the figure on the right side edge is the only silhouette cleaned with blood red in the composition. Clearly, a very well thought out job at the time of its execution. The strokes are very fluid in their entirety in the composition, interspersed by black lines in the center of each individual. The color blue, is a tone that represents the elegance said by Domingo Garcia, and we can see how Marin integrated in its composition. The blue tones gives a subtle elegance to the periphery of the work, while the black announces depth and character to the atmosphere of the painting.

Joey Medrano MD