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Manuel Álvarez Bravo

'Retrato de lo Eterno (Portrait of the Eternal)'

The Collection of Jay I. Kislak: Sold to Benefit the Kislak Family Foundation

Manuel Álvarez Bravo

Manuel Álvarez Bravo

'Retrato de lo Eterno (Portrait of the Eternal)'

'Retrato de lo Eterno (Portrait of the Eternal)'

Manuel Álvarez Bravo

1902 - 2002

'Retrato de lo Eterno (Portrait of the Eternal)'


gelatin silver print, signed and titled in ink on the reverse, framed, 1935

image: 4 ⅞ by 3 ⅝ in. (12.4 by 9.2 cm.)

frame: 18 ¾ by 14 ¾ in. (47.6 by 37.5 cm.)

Please note the colors and shades in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings. This early print is on single-weight paper with a surface sheen. It is a remarkably open printing of the negative, with a higher level of detail visible than in the more common later prints. This is particularly notable in the shadowed portion of the sitter's face and in the pattern of her dress. This photograph is in generally good condition. There is subtle age-appropriate silvering in the dark areas of the image. Upon close examination, several creases, some of which may break the emulsion, are visible, including a 1/2-inch linear sharp crease in the lower right quadrant; 2 diagonal soft creases at the upper right corner; and a few small handling creases. The following are visible in raking light: surface pitting; hairline scratches; and a few fingerprints. The print is trimmed to the image and the edges are worn. There is minuscule chipping and a tiny tear along the right edge. Rice paper tape hinges on the reverse partially obscure the titling. When examined under ultraviolet light, this photograph does not appear to fluoresce.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Collection of the photographer

By descent through family

Fine Arts of Ancient Lands, Inc., New York, 1989 

Revelaciones: The Art of Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Albuquerque, 1992), cover and pl. 4

Susan Kismaric, Manuel Álvarez Bravo (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1997), p. 95

Frederick Kaufman, Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Photographs and Memories (Aperture, 1997), p. 31

A. D. Coleman, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Masters of Photography (Aperture, 1997), p. 53

Weston Naef, ed., In Focus: Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, 2001), p. 51

Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Cien Años, Cien Días (Madrid, 2001), pl. 42

Colette Álvarez Urbajtel, John Banville, Jean-Claude Lemagny, and Carlos Fuentes, Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Photopoetry (San Francisco, 2008), p. 111