[Sparrow, Obviously]/[Gorrión, claro]

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[Sparrow, Obviously]/[Gorrión, claro]


Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)






Gelatin silver print


16.8 x 21 cm (6 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.)


© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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Cracked and patched in places, the skylight upon which this model reclines emphasizes her disjunctive pose. Unlike many of Manuel Alvarez Bravo's portraits that represent nude women as objects of desire, this image depicts a model sprawled upon a broken surface like a discarded doll. The jarring angle of Alvarez Bravo's lens heightens the awkwardness of the staged scene. Though she hasn't been treated very delicately by the photographer's lens, the title, Sparrow, Clearly, suggests she is as fragile as a small bird.


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. 53.

Livingston, Jane. M Alvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Boston, Mass.: D. R. Godine; Washington, D.C.: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1978) pl. 32.

Salas Pablo Ruíz Picasso. Manuel Álvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Madrid: Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes y Archivos, 1985) pl. 180.

Musée de Arte Moderne. Manuel Alvarez Bravo: 303 Photographies, 1920-1986 (Paris: Paris-musées; Paris audiovisuel, 1986) pl. 74.