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Manuel Álvarez Bravo’s portraits of Salvador Novo and Xavier Villaurrutia appear at first to exert a masculine and refined image of the two writers, yet the intimacy of these poses reveals a gentler side, a side closer to intellect than to masculinity. In congruity with these two portraits, Bravo’s portrait of Frida Kahlo asserts the power she had as an intellectual, an artist, and a woman. These portraits seem to cumulate in the Retrato desagradable, which signals that the power of a portrait is to evoke a sense of emotion and intellect beneath the surface of gender.
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