Manuel Alvarez Bravo, ‘Chamula Landscape’, 1967, Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Paul Brauchle

About Manuel Alvarez Bravo

Manuel Álvarez Bravo initially photographed abstract paper forms, but became known for capturing the rise of a post-revolutionary modern culture in his native Mexico. Encouraged to pursue his art by an admiring Edward Weston, Álvarez Bravo photographed what he saw around him, his unique perspective adding a poetic quality to the quotidian scenes. The Great Penitent (1930), for instance, captures a woman lying face down on a sidewalk in front of a church; shot from a bird’s eye view, electrical wires run through the frame and the heads of the saints adorning the building have been cut out, lending the image a striking visual composition and intellectual complexity. Álvarez Bravo also flirted with Surrealism without fully embracing it, shooting real yet uncanny subjects, such as an optical store plastered with eye illustrations (Optical Parable, 1931).

Mexican, 1902-2002, Mexico City, Mexico

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Here's to the Future, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle
2017
Reference, ROSEGALLERY, Los Angeles
2017
Art Basel 2017 - Folio, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
2016
Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia