15, rue Maître-Albert

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

Date: 1912

Medium: Gelatin silver print from glass negative

Dimensions: 23.2 x 17.6 cm (9 1/8 x 6 15/16 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1991

Accession Number: 1991.1233


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.