Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902 - 2002
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Coronada de palmas (Crowned with Palms)
Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)
Gelatin silver print
17.1 x 24.1 cm (6 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.)
© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC
Devoid of actors, this scene of an abandoned vessel crowned by palm branches suggests the aftermath of a ritual or ceremony. The carved canoe, which appears to have run aground on the wet sand of a riverbed, bears the weathered effects of its use. Manuel Alvarez Bravo's inscription of a possible alternate title, "Allegory of a Lost Victory," implies an ambiguous triumph. Perhaps the artist was considering the arrival of the Spanish on the shores of Mexico and the subsequent fate of the Aztec people.
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
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. 29.
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. 53.
Salas Pablo Ruíz Picasso. Manuel Álvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Madrid: Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes y Archivos, 1985) pl. 88.