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Café, Avenue de la Grande-Armée

Artist:
Eugène Atget (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris)
Date:
1924–25
Medium:
Matte albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
17.6 × 22.7 cm (6 15/16 × 8 15/16 in.) Sheet: 17.9 × 22.8 cm (17.9 × 22.8 cm)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.133
Not on view
Atget's interest in the texture of old Paris-in the animate, intimate air of places much lived in-ran counter to the prevailing popular taste for the Eiffel Tower, the Opéra, and other famous monuments and promenades. Characteristically, he never photographed the Champs-Élysées, though he did make one exposure on the avenue that extends it beyond the Arc de Triomphe, the Avenue de la Grande-Armée. Here, selecting an empty café bathed in early morning light and poised in readiness for the day's clientele, he managed to suggest the habits of the habitués, in absentia.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil in Atget's hand on print, verso TC to TR: "Café- avenue G de // Armée // Boutiques"; stamped in black ink on print, verso C: "E. ATGET // Rue Campagne-Première, 17 bis"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso BR: "17 bis."
Eugène Atget; Berenice Abbott; [Paul Katz, North Bennington, VT]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, February 9, 1981

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