Café, Avenue de la Grande-Armée

Eugène Atget French

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.

Café, Avenue de la Grande-Armée, Eugène Atget (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris), Matte albumen silver print from glass negative

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