15, rue Maître-Albert

Eugène Atget French

Not on view

Eloquent testimony to Atget’s keen regard for the expressions of common folk, this photograph was part of a self-assigned survey of storefronts and commercial signs. Atget ennobled the little grocery with its modest façade and rudimentary display (covered for lunch hour against the midday heat) and framed it simply, thus withdrawing it from the predictable realm of the picturesque.

15, rue Maître-Albert, Eugène Atget (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris), Gelatin silver print from glass negative

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