Luxembourg - Enfants

Object Details


Luxembourg - Enfants


Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)




Luxembourg (Place depicted)


about 1898


Albumen silver print


17.8 x 20.6 cm (7 x 8 1/8 in.)

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Anonymous gift

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In the center of this image, four handsomely dressed young girls entertain themselves playing or drawing in the sand. One of them, looking directly into Eugene Atget's lens, is clearly more interested in the photographer. A child too young to participate with the older girls stands eyeing her toy, while a boy on the run appears to have stopped mid-step, curiously staring at the photographer. A nanny looms over the children in the foreground.

Gardens such as this one are an enduring aspect of Parisian life, offering a welcome respite from the city's busy boulevards.

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

The Man in the Street: Eugene Atget in Paris, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum), fig. 5.

Baldwin, Gordon. In Focus: Eugène Atget: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000), pl. 1.