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Avenue des Gobelins

Artist:
Eugène Atget (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris)
Date:
1927
Medium:
Gelatin silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
36.8 x 28.6 cm (14 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Joyce and Robert Menschel and Harriette and Noel Levine Gifts, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.271
Not on view
In this headless mannequin, clothed in a simple white uniform, Atget recognized a modern version of the commedia dell'arte clown Gilles, depicted by the eighteenth-century painter Jean Antoine Watteau, for example. It was for the type of transforming vision seen in this picture, which is among the very last in Atget's lifelong exploration of Paris, that the artist's work was so enthusiastically embraced by the Surrealists.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso, center: "Boutique"; "158"; stamped in purple ink on print, verso, center: "PHOTO E. ATGET// COLLECTION BERENICE ABBOTT// 1 W. 67th ST."
Artist; Berenice Abbott; [...]; [Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada]

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