Manuel Álvarez Bravo, ‘Ensayo de Danza (dance rehearsal), Mexico’, circa 1920s, Photography, Platinum palladium print, printed later., Phillips
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Ensayo de Danza (dance rehearsal), Mexico, circa 1920s

Platinum palladium print, printed later.
9 2/5 × 6 7/10 in
23.8 × 17.1 cm
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Manuel Álvarez Bravo
Mexican, 1902–2002
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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).

Manuel Álvarez Bravo, ‘Ensayo de Danza (dance rehearsal), Mexico’, circa 1920s, Photography, Platinum palladium print, printed later., Phillips
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Phillips
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Initialed in pencil on the verso.
Manuel Álvarez Bravo
Mexican, 1902–2002
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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).

Ensayo de Danza (dance rehearsal), Mexico, circa 1920s

Platinum palladium print, printed later.
9 2/5 × 6 7/10 in
23.8 × 17.1 cm
Bidding closed
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