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Rue Asseline

Artist:
Eugène Atget (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris)
Date:
1924–25
Medium:
Matte albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
22.9 x 17.6cm (9 x 6 15/16in.) Sheet: 23.1 × 18 cm (9 1/8 × 7 1/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.134
Not on view
In 1921, Atget was asked by the illustrator André Dignimont to photograph brothels for a book he planned to publish (but never did) called "La Femme criminelle." Initially, Atget photographed the facades of the houses with the prostitutes standing or seated before them. After additional prodding by Dignimont, he also made several pictures of the undressed women inside. It would be hard to imagine that the voluptuous forms in those images could be the women in the calico frocks shown here were it not for their attitude of frank, slightly bemused complicity. Atget enhanced the sense of companionable relationship between them by repeating the compressed triad of their stance in the compositional structure of his picture.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso TC: "Rue Asselin // 47"; stamped in black ink on print, verso C: "E. ATGET // Rue Campagne-Premiere, 17 bis"; inscribed in pencil [right of stamp]: "17 bis"
Eugène Atget; [...]; [Alain Paviot/Galerie Octant, Paris]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, April 14, 1986

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