Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève

Artist:
Eugène Atget (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris)
Date:
1924
Medium:
Matte albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 17.4 x 22.1 cm (6 7/8 x 8 11/16 in.) Sheet: 17.7 × 22.5 cm (17.7 × 22.5 cm)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.535
Not on view
In his early work, Atget often photographed in full midday sun so that his “documents” would record all the details of architectural or ornamental subjects. In his late work, such as this view of the Pantheon, he often photographed in the early morning, when the absence of people and the presence of a softly luminous light suffused his scenes with quietude. The photograph is clearly an evocation of the experience of Paris, not simply a document of its architecture.
Inscription: Inscribed in the negative, recto BR and TC: "6479" [in reverse]; inscribed in pencil in Atget's hand on print, verso L: "Rue de la Montagne Ste Genevieve" and "6479"; stamped in black ink on print, verso C: "E. ATGET/ Rue Campagne-Premiere, 17 bis"; Inscribed in pencil on print [below stamp]: "17 bis"
Eugène Atget; Maurice Utrillo Collection, Paris; [Gérard Lévy, Paris]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, August 1, 1989

Palais de Tokyo, Paris. "Procédés, Procédés," October 7, 1987–November 30, 1987.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940," June 3, 2008–September 1, 2008.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paris as Muse: Photography, 1840s – 1930s," January 27, 2014–May 4, 2014.

Jammes, Marie-Thérèse and André. Niepce to Atget: The First Century of Photography: From the Collection of André Jammes. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1977. p. 138.

Apraxine, Pierre. Photographs from the Collection of the Gilman Paper Company. Reeds Springs, Mo.: White Oak Press, 1985. fig. pl. 143.

Arena Editions, ed. Berenice Abbott, Eugene Atget. Santa Fe, 2002. fig. pl. 57.



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