Avenue des Gobelins

Artist: Eugène Atget (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris)

Date: 1925

Medium: Gelatin silver print from glass negative

Dimensions: 21.9 x 17.3 cm (8 5/8 x 6 13/16 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.1100.113


Atget’s many photographs of mannequins in shop windows appealed greatly to the Parisian avant-garde, who found in the aging artist an unwitting but kindred spirit. In these pictures, the Surrealists focused on the lamination of what was inside and outside and on the lovely dissolve between fact and imagination.