Pierced Grave/[Sepulcro Traspasado]

Object Details

Title:

Pierced Grave/[Sepulcro Traspasado]

Artist/Maker(s):

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)

Culture:

Mexican

Date:

1933

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

19.4 x 22.9 cm (7 5/8 x 9 in.)

Copyright:

© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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In the 1930s Manuel Alvarez Bravo traveled throughout the Mexican countryside, making images that expressed the people's despondent feelings in the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution. In this photograph, a desiccated wreath crowns a grave and its crucifix, suggesting loss and the passage of time. At the same time, vigorous weeds shooting up from the soil challenge the forces of death and decay. For Alvarez Bravo, these symbols captured the feelings of defeat and determination that Mexicans felt at a time of momentous national struggle.

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
Bibliography

Sociedad de Arte Moderno. Fotografías, exh. cat. (México: D.F. Sociedad de Arte Moderno, 1945) p. 79.

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

Perez, Nissan N. Dreams--Visions--Metaphors: The Photographs of Manuel Alvarez Bravo, exh. catalogue, essay by Ian Jeffrey (Jerusalem: Israel Museum, 1983) pl. 34.

Salas Pablo Ruíz Picasso. Manuel Álvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Madrid: Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes y Archivos, 1985) pl. 67.

Musée de Arte Moderne. Manuel Alvarez Bravo: 303 Photographies, 1920-1986 (Paris: Paris-musées; Paris audiovisuel, 1986) pl. 52.