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Los Agachados

Artist:
Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902–2002)
Date:
1934, printed ca. 1975
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
17.7 x 23.4 cm (7 x 9 3/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.389
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Not on view
Beloved by the Surrealists, Alvarez Bravo was a master at making the ordinary extraordinary. Here, in Los Agachados, he portrays a group of laborers eating lunch at a Mexico City diner. Through his framing, the artist creates an abundance of visual planes—the dramatic rectilinear shadow, the partially rolled-up metal curtain, the cement walls, the tiled floor—to evoke a sense of incarceration. Yet the midday light also imbues the faceless figures with a sense of dignity and tranquility that challenges their captive state.
Inscription: Signed in pencil on mount, recto LR [below print]: "M. Alvarez Bravo. // México"
[Prakapas Gallery to Waddell, September 18, 1979]; John C. Waddell

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 70," February 8, 2016–June 6, 2016.

Print date: 1974-1976 according to Edwynn Houk via JCW.
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