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

Object Details

Title:

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

Artist/Maker(s):

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)

Culture:

Mexican

Date:

negative 1931 or 1933/1934; print 1974

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

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

Copyright:

© 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.

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
Bibliography

Trueblood, Beatrice. Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Photographies 1928-1968, exh. cat. (Mexico City: Comité Organizador de los Juegos de la XIX Olimpiada, Departamento de Publicaciones, 1968) p. 87.

Pasadena Art Museum and Fred R. Parker. Manuel Alvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Pasadena, Calif: Pasadena Art Museum, 1971) cover.

Salas Pablo Ruíz Picasso. Manuel Álvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Madrid: Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes y Archivos, 1985) p. 47.

Musée de Arte Moderne. Manuel Alvarez Bravo: 303 Photographies, 1920-1986 (Paris: Paris-musées; Paris audiovisuel, 1986) # 56.

Del Conde, Teresa. Mucho Sol (México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1989) p. 31.