[The Dog's House]/[La Casa del Perro]

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[The Dog's House]/[La Casa del Perro]


Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)






Gelatin silver print


16.2 x 21.1 cm (6 3/8 x 8 5/16 in.)


© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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Scavenging for food in the ruins of a hacienda, the emaciated dog in Manuel Alvarez Bravo's photograph shows indifference to the decaying environs. In Mexican mythology, dogs are associated with Xolotl, the canine-headed god who accompanies souls in their journey to the Beyond. The two mangled tree trunks, which lend the scene a gloomy mood, underscore this otherworldly association.

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
Arti & Archittetura, 1900-2000 (October 2, 2004 to February 13, 2005)
  • Palazzo Ducale (Genova), October 2, 2004 to February 13, 2005

Sociedad de Arte Moderno. Fotografías, exh. cat. (México: D.F. Sociedad de Arte Moderno, 1945) p. 49.

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. 49.