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As We Wait in Joyful Hope (Asi esperamos con alegre esperanza)

Artist/Maker: Emilio Falero (United States (born Cuba), b. 1947)

Date: 1993
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Overall (Stretched): 48 1/4 x 60 x 1 1/8 in. (122.6 x 152.4 x 2.9 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of José Martinez-Cañas
Object number: 95.0002.03
DescriptionEmilio Falero’s "As We Wait in Joyful Hope" is an allegory of world domination and the historical transience of political power. A lush Cuban landscape stretches eternally beyond a crumbling column encroached upon by a vine and flower, on top of which sits Napoleon’s tri-corner hat and boots. The artist implies that nature, enduring, will never succumb to man, no matter how enormous and mighty the human aggression, nor can corruption survive. While Napoleon was never a part of the political history of Cuba, for Falero he symbolizes and represents the inevitable end of oppression and oppressor. Given Cuba’s recent political history, the painting also operates on another more literal level of interpretation, expresssed through the title, which comes from a prayer said during Catholic mass.
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