Invented Landscape

Object Details

Title:

Invented Landscape

Artist/Maker(s):

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)

Culture:

Mexican

Date:

negative 1972; print 1974

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

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

Copyright:

© 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.

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
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