[Señales y Pronósticos (Signals and Prognostications)]

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[Señales y Pronósticos (Signals and Prognostications)]


Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)






Gelatin silver print


24 x 17.1 cm (9 7/16 x 6 3/4 in.)


© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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Lying on her undone dress, this woman rests inches away from fragments of broken glass. With her left arm, she shields her eyes from the sun. The staged scene conveys a sense of tension and foreboding. Signals and Prognostications, Manuel Alvarez Bravo's somewhat bewildering title, implies that her disrobing and exposure occurred as the result of some inscrutable urge.

In Surrealist art, it is more frequent than not to depict only a fragment of the body. Manuel Alvarez Bravo followed that principle when photographing this model's torso. This scene was part of a series of images Alvarez Bravo made the same day, featuring this model in various poses and states of undress.


Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902 - 2002

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

Sociedad de Arte Moderno. Fotografías, exh. cat. (México: D.F. Sociedad de Arte Moderno, 1945), p. 55.

Pasadena Art Museum and Fred R. Parker. Manuel Alvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Pasadena, Calif: Pasadena Art Museum, 1971), p. 38.

Perez, Nissan N. Dreams--Visions--Metaphors: The Photographs of Manuel Alvarez Bravo, exh. catalogue, essay by Ian Jeffrey (Jerusalem: Israel Museum, 1983), pl. 20.