The One from The Fine Arts/[La de las Belles Artes]

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The One from The Fine Arts/[La de las Belles Artes]


Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)




negative 1931 or 1933/1934; print 1974


Gelatin silver print


18.6 x 24.1 cm (7 5/16 x 9 1/2 in.)


© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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Manuel Alvarez Bravo photographed this statue, possibly meant to symbolize a muse, in the vicinity of Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts. Inexplicably draped with burlap sacks, the figure appears to gaze at an object outside the photograph's boundary. Alvarez Bravo captured this timeless image as the sun's rays bore down on the solid stone and the pliable burlap, accentuating their textures in subtle shades of gray.

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