For the Sheep's Wool/[Por La Lana y Por Borrego]

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For the Sheep's Wool/[Por La Lana y Por Borrego]


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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Manuel Alvarez Bravo's photograph of a sheep lying dead in the road directly invokes Christian iconography, which often depicts Jesus as the lamb of God, sacrificed for the sins of mankind. The image reflects Alvarez Bravo's deep roots in a hybrid Mexican culture that fuses Spanish Catholicism with ancient Mexican mythology. This photograph was exhibited alongside the work of Marcel Duchamp, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, and Man Ray in the 1940 International Exhibition of Surrealism held in Mexico City.


Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902 - 2002

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
Useful, sweet and alike a museum: Animals looking at us (October 21, 2005 to January 15, 2006)
  • Museum Folkwang (Essen), October 21, 2005 to January 15, 2006

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. 75.