Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902 - 2002
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Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)
Gelatin silver print
16.5 x 24.3 cm (6 1/2 x 9 9/16 in.)
© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC
As the generation of leaves, so is that of men.
These words by the Greek poet Homer appeared beside this image in the catalog for the 1955 Family of Manexhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art. The quote reminds viewers that in death and burial man reaches the end of a cycle, much like leaves at the end of a season. For the Mexican people, however, death marks not an ending but a perpetual cycle of renewal. In Manuel Alvarez Bravo's photograph, the rural artifact and miniscule daisy plant adorning a gravesite affirm the infinite resourcefulness of the human spirit.
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
Sociedad de Arte Moderno. Fotografías, exh. cat. (México: D.F. Sociedad de Arte Moderno, 1945) p. 81.
Steichen, Edward. The Family of Man; the Greatest Photographic Exhibition of All Time, 503 Pictures From 68 Countries (New York: Museum of Modern Art Maco Magazine Corp., 1955) p. 39.
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. 82.
Musée de Arte Moderne. Manuel Alvarez Bravo: 303 Photographies, 1920-1986 (Paris: Paris-musées; Paris audiovisuel, 1986) (with different date).
Galerie Sonia Zannettacci. L'oeil du Minotaure: Ubac, Brassaï, Alvarez Bravo, Bellmer, Man Ray, exh. cat. (Genève: Sonia Zannettacci, 1987)