Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902 - 2002
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Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)
Gelatin silver print
24.3 x 19.2 cm (9 9/16 x 7 9/16 in.)
© Colette Urbajtel/ Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC
The expression on Isabel Villaseñor's partially lit face reveals a moment of psychological complexity, when, gazing into her small mirror, she appears caught between vanity and insecurity. Artist, poet, singer, and songwriter, Villaseñor was a remarkable personality and talent in post-revolutionary Mexico. Manuel Alvarez Bravo's image affords a voyeuristic view of a private moment. Though Villaseñor remains modestly clothed, her long hair cascades around her, symbolizing intimacy and sexual assent.
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
Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico (October 2, 2012 to April 14, 2013) (Displayed from exhibition opening through 2/25/13. Removed from gallery 2/25/13 and replaced with "Portrait of the Eternal" photograph (2008.88.4).)
- The Getty Research Institute, (Los Angeles), October 2, 2012 to April 14, 2013