Manuel Alvarez Bravo, ‘La Tolteca’, 1930-1932, ROSEGALLERY

printed later under the direct supervision of the artist

Signature: Initialed by the artist in pencil on verso

Image rights: copyright Manuel Alvarez Bravo and the Asociacion Alvarez Bravo courtesy of ROSEGALLERY

solo exhibition ROSEGALLERY 2007

Illustrated in: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Revelaciones, University of New Mexico Press, 1990, plate 68

From the collection of Colette Urbajtel

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