Manuel Álvarez Bravo

(Mexico City, Mexico, 1902 - 2002, Mexico City, Mexico)


1947 (printed 1977)

Gelatin silver print

10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Mr. William Berley/Berley and Co., Inc.

1979.1 n

© Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, S.C.

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Manuel Alvarez Bravo provides many evocative scenarios, each making us aware of our mortality. 'Threshold,' which combines Bravo's evolved surrealist sense with his reflections on Mexican culture, depicts the pleated skirt, legs, and bare feet of a young Mexican woman entering a dark room. An intense light source causes the shadow of her legs to resemble an x-ray. Her feet are lifted in an attempt to avoid stepping into an expanding pool of dark liquid. The dark tone of the pooling liquid implies the viscosity of spilt blood. Her lifted feet become an act of revulsion or a Dance of Death.

Gelatin Silver
Black and White