17.6 × 22.7 cm (6 15/16 × 8 15/16 in.)
Sheet: 17.9 × 22.8 cm (17.9 × 22.8 cm)
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005
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