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[Somewhat Gay and Graceful]/[Un Poco alegre y graciosa]

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[Somewhat Gay and Graceful]/[Un Poco alegre y graciosa]


Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)






Gelatin silver print

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17.3 × 24.3 cm (6 13/16 × 9 9/16 in.)


© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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Any title is valid . . . It is a creation of the artist, and if it leads to a deeper understanding of the image, this makes it even more successful.

In this statement, Manuel Alvarez Bravo may have been referring to his title for this image, Somewhat Gay and Graceful. Despite its ambiguous meaning, it hints at the personality of the woman whose awkwardly turned legs are shown retreating from the viewer. Alvarez Bravo achieved this jarring, flattened perspective by photographing from an oblique angle. Despite the title's reference to poise, everything in the image--the camisole laid out to dry, the griddle filled with tortilla strips, and the woman--appears transitory and unstable.


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. 91.

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. 55.

Pasadena Art Museum and Fred R. Parker. Manuel Alvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Pasadena, Calif: Pasadena Art Museum, 1971), p. 15.

Livingston, Jane. M Alvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Boston, Mass.: D. R. Godine; Washington, D.C.: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1978), pl. 65.

Salas Pablo Ruíz Picasso. Manuel Álvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Madrid: Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes y Archivos, 1985), pl. 12, p. 91.

Musée de Arte Moderne. Manuel Alvarez Bravo: 303 Photographies, 1920-1986 (Paris: Paris-musées; Paris audiovisuel, 1986), pl. 124.

Del Conde, Teresa. Mucho Sol (México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1989), p. 67.

Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Recuerdo de Unos Años, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992), fig. 4.