Coronada de palmas (Crowned with Palms)

Object Details

Title:

Coronada de palmas (Crowned with Palms)

Artist/Maker:

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)

Culture:

Mexican

Date:

1936

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

17.1 x 24.1 cm (6 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.)

Copyright:

© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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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.

Provenance
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Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902 - 2002

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

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.