Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.
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Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)
France (Place Created)
Toned albumen silver print
21.3 × 17 cm (8 3/8 × 6 11/16 in.)
In order to produce the "documents for artists" that the sign at his door advertised, it was necessary for Eugène Atget to be aware of what the subjects of contemporary art were and to gauge what kinds of images would be useful to painters, illustrators, set and fabric designers, and interior decorators in making their own work. Studies of plants were a recurrent theme in Atget's work, dating from the pictures of about 1900 of apple trees in bloom to those of nasturtium leaves in the 1920s. (See also: 84.XP.208.4, 90.XM.64.45, 90.XM.48, 90.XM.124.3, 2002.37.5)
Adapted from Eugène Atget, In Focus: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum by Gordon Baldwin (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000), 48. ©2000, J. Paul Getty Trust.