The Washerwomen Implied/[Las lavanderas sobreentendidas]

Object Details


The Washerwomen Implied/[Las lavanderas sobreentendidas]


Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)






Gelatin silver print


24.3 x 16.5 cm (9 9/16 x 6 1/2 in.)


© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

See more

See less

Manuel Alvarez Bravo often chose the Mexican landscape to depict the way people made use of national symbols. In this image, the maguey plant, an icon of strength and perseverance, serves as an improvised rack for drying linens. The title, The Washerwomen Implied, alludes to the absent figures who have hung the bedclothes. Though this photograph seeems to document the cultural decline of the maguey, it celebrates the ingenuity of those who find their resources in what is simply available.


Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902 - 2002

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

Paz, Octavio and A. Muñoz, ed. Instante y Revelación (México: Circulo Editorial, 1982)

Salas Pablo Ruíz Picasso. Manuel Álvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Madrid: Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes y Archivos, 1985) pl. 101.

Musée de Arte Moderne. Manuel Alvarez Bravo: 303 Photographies, 1920-1986 (Paris: Paris-musées; Paris audiovisuel, 1986) pl. 45.