Mexican artist Pedro Coronel (1922-1985) began his career as a student of famed muralist Diego Rivera before moving to Paris in 1946, where he studied with Victor Brauner and Constantin Brancusi, synthesizing their lessons in form, line and abstract composition with the painting techniques and rich visual vocabulary of Mexican Muralism and pre-Columbian art. This painting, from 1964, belongs to a critical era of his production; by the 1960s Coronel had begun to create the signature highly textured, richly colored abstract compositions for which he is now best known. During this period he traveled often between Paris and Mexico City, working alongside artists including Mathias Goeritz, Sonia Delaunay and Rufino Tamayo. Coronel became part of a new generation of Mexican abstract painters known as Generación La Ruptura (The Rupture Generation), who broke from the political, representational tradition of Muralism to embrace the universalism and focus on color and texture espoused by Abstract Expressionism. The present work embodies Coronel’s aesthetic language, in which he harmonizes geometric forms inspired by pre-Columbian sculpture and architecture with dynamic colors and textures drawn from the diverse Mexican landscape, contributing to and expanding upon the vocabulary and techniques of 20th-Century Abstraction.