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.