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El eclipse or Sábanas [Sheets], from Fifteen Photographs by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, 1974

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El eclipse or Sábanas [Sheets], from Fifteen Photographs by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, 1974

1933
20th century
18.4 cm x 24.2 cm (7 1/4 in. x 9 1/2 in.)

Double Elephant Press Ltd. Printer
Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexico City, 1902 - 2002, Mexico City) Primary
Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexico City, 1902 - 2002, Mexico City) Primary

Object Type: photograph
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Mexican
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1975
Accession Number: P1975.18.4/15

Manuel Álvarez Bravo captured images of everyday life in Mexico City with a keen eye for the ironic and the uncanny. In "El eclipse" (1933), Álvarez Bravo achieved a dynamic geometry of crisscrossing diagonals. Standing on a shallow corner of a rooftop, a woman is partially concealed by sheets bleaching in the sun and by her dark rebozo, which she presumably holds in front of her face to look at an eclipse. His carefully composed images reveal his modern sense of aesthetics. Regardless of circumstances, Álvarez Bravo presents his subjects with a sense quiet dignity.

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