Invented Landscape

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Invented Landscape


Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)




negative 1972; print 1974


Gelatin silver print


28.9 x 36.2 cm (11 3/8 x 14 1/4 in.)


© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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The thin trunk and skeletal branches of a leafless tree cast soft shadows against a pristine, white wall, whose solidity seems to contrast with the tree's fragility. Hairline cracks in the wall's surface meander upward from its base in the foreground, as if stretching to meet the tree's branches, and echoing their lines. To the left of the building, a black void--negative space--enhances the mysterious and elusive quality of the scene.

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
In Focus: Picturing Landscape (May 22 to October 7, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 22 to October 7, 2012

Academia de Artes. Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexico: Academia de Artes, 1980), # 58, p. 53.

Paz, Octavio and A. Muñoz, ed. Instante y Revelación (México: Circulo Editorial, 1982), (slightly different cropping at left).

Musée de Arte Moderne. Manuel Alvarez Bravo: 303 Photographies, 1920-1986 (Paris: Paris-musées; Paris audiovisuel, 1986), # 211.