Guillermo Kuitca paints the pathos of modern life. As such, his work represents illusory moments that trigger memories and provide insight to the individual. Through the representation of theater-like scenes, apartment and city plans, as well as his interpretation of pop songs, the artist has introduced a narrative content to painting, speaking about modern day issues of identity in a universal voice.
Corona de espinas (Kindertotenlieder) recalls some of the earlier works that the artist dedicated to passion. The Passion of Christ as well as other secular passions experienced by Kuitca and thus represented in his paintings of the late 1980s into the 1990s. These passions and likewise the thorns, appeared in many compositions of city and apartment plans, yet in Corona de espinas they appear in a mesh as opposed to a delineated pattern. What comes into view as a chaotic composition can be linked to the title in German Kindertotenlieder. Titles always shine poetic light to the possible readings of Kuitca's representations of the human condition. It is therefore likely to interpret this painting as an ode to the death of innocence that a person experiences as he turns into adulthood.