The J. Paul Getty Museum

Cité Trebert, Porte d'Asnieres

Object Details

Title:

Cité Trebert, Porte d'Asnieres

Artist/Maker:

Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

1912

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

94.XM.108.5

Dimensions:

22.2 × 17.4 cm (8 3/4 × 6 7/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Anonymous gift

See more

See less

Object Description

Bundles of newspaper, sacks of rags, and scattered miscellaneous debris at the foot of this ramshackle flight of stairs indicate that this is the domain of a middleman in the junk trade. Over the interior doorway, a neatly lettered sign provides prices for various kinds of scrap, including glass, mixed paper, and iron.

In a 1920 letter to the director of the École des Beaux-Arts, period staircases were among the many images that Eugène Atget listed in his collection of prints. Apparently, Atget felt that the subject was of historical interest and should therefore be documented. When creating images, Atget was primarily concerned with recording subjects--including architecture--that he felt were disappearing from Parisian life and culture. The decay illustrated here clearly showed that this carved wood staircase was not going to endure.

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
Bibliography
Bibliography

Nesbit, Molly. Atget's Seven Albums (New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 1992.), p. 404, no. 28.

The Man in the Street: Eugene Atget in Paris, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000), fig. 10.