Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902 - 2002
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Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)
Gelatin silver print
23.5 x 16.5 cm (9 1/4 x 6 1/2 in.)
© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC
Driven by his desire to show "the tragic side of reality," Manuel Alvarez Bravo photographed numerous rural burial sites. In this image the small wooden cross marking this mound as a freshly covered grave is barely visible behind the lush plant that fills the composition. A row of stacked stones in the background points to a realm outside the picture's frame. The devotional practices of the Mexican people and the interplay of artifact and landscape are frequent themes in Alvarez Bravo's work.
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