[Burro Grazing]

Object Details

Title:

[Burro Grazing]

Artist/Maker:

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)

Culture:

Mexican

Date:

1930s

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

24.3 x 16.7 cm (9 9/16 x 6 9/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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Manuel Alvarez Bravo's photograph of a burro grazing beneath a cross-section of a wooden post makes direct reference to Christianity. This image was made in a small village, amid the comings and goings of the local residents. Alvarez Bravo's sense of humor is at play in this seemingly ordinary scene. The burro, a creature noted for its stubbornness and stupidity, finds nourishment at the foot of the cross, while the villagers appear to turn their backs on it, and on salvation.

Provenance
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Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902 - 2002

Exhibitions
Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Recuerdo de unos años (September 22 to December 6, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), September 22 to December 6, 1992
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