Estudio de manos de Tamayo, Mexico (Study of Tamayo's Hands)

Object Details

Title:

Estudio de manos de Tamayo, Mexico (Study of Tamayo's Hands)

Artist/Maker(s):

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)

Culture:

Mexican

Date:

negative 1931; print 1998

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

18.6 x 23.8 cm (7 5/16 x 9 3/8 in.)

Copyright:

© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

Credit Line:

Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser

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Manuel Alvarez Bravo made this portrait of Rufino Tamayo's delicate hands to symbolize individuality within the larger fields of society and art. Tamayo, a mural painter, saw Alvarez Bravo's work in a 1928 exhibition. It was the first time Alvarez Bravo exhibited his photographs. Interested in reactions, he stood nearby hoping to eavesdrop on a conversation. Two people stood talking, then approached Alvarez Bravo. One of the individuals was Tamayo. He was the first artist to respond to Alvarez Bravo's work, and the two shared a close friendship from that moment forward.

Gift of 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