Luz restirada (Stretched Light)

Object Details

Title:

Luz restirada (Stretched Light)

Artist/Maker:

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)

Culture:

Mexican

Date:

negative 1944; print 1977

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

23.9 x 17.2 cm (9 7/16 x 6 3/4 in.)

Copyright:

© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

Credit Line:

Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser

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The Mexican muralist Diego Rivera once wrote that Manuel Alvarez Bravo's photographs radiate a "profound and discreet poetry, [a] desperate and refined irony ." This statement is borne out in Alvarez Bravo's image of light falling on tree leaves, which then cast distinct and diffuse shadows on a floating surface, perhaps a canopy or some other type of temporary structure.

Aiming his lens upward, Alvarez Bravo captured the stirring clouds that were momentarily suspended in the narrow opening between treetop and shadow-speckled surface. His angled perspective achieved a tension of ascent. In extracting something extraordinary from the everyday, Alvarez Bravo emphasized how visual realities can suddenly appear inscrutable to passersby.

Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser

Provenance
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Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser

Exhibitions
Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Optical Parables (November 13, 2001 to February 9, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 13, 2001 to February 17, 2002
  • Museo Nacional de Arte (Mexico City), March 14 to June 2, 2002
  • Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), November 10, 2002 to February 9, 2003