The J. Paul Getty Museum

Marchand d'Abat-Jours

Object Details

Title:

Marchand d'Abat-Jours

Artist/Maker:

Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

1901

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

94.XM.108.4

Dimensions:

22.2 × 17.2 cm (8 3/4 × 6 3/4 in.)

Credit Line:

Anonymous gift

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Object Description

While this engaging lampshade vendor holds out several colorful examples in his hands, others of various styles poke awkwardly out of a handmade basket on his back. Standing against a sharply receding old cobblestone street and plying his trade on foot, this old-fashioned street merchant epitomizes a fast-disappearing way of life in urban Europe. The gas lamps for which he sold shade were being rapidly replaced by electric lights, though this process took longer in Europe than in America.

Around the turn of the century, Atget produced a small series of photographs on various street merchants, a subject traditionally portrayed by French graphic artists. As a photographer of "documents for artists," Atget recorded these figures in the hope that they would be of use to his clients. Indeed, the images were often used as source material for postcards and wood engravings.

Provenance
Provenance
1927

Estate of Eugène Atget, French, 1857 - 1927, sold to Berenice Abbott, 1927.

1927 -

Berenice Abbott, American, 1898 - 1991

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Man in the Street: Eugène Atget in Paris (June 20 to October 8, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 20 to October 8, 2000
In Focus: The Portrait (January 27 to June 14, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 27 to June 14, 2009
Bibliography
Bibliography

Baldwin, Gordon. In Focus: Eugène Atget: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000), pl. 7.