The J. Paul Getty Museum

Hôtel Scipion Sardini, R[ue] Scipion

Object Details

Title:

Hôtel Scipion Sardini, R[ue] Scipion

Artist/Maker:

Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

March 1925

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

86.XM.23

Dimensions:

17.8 × 22.2 cm (7 × 8 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

Leafless black trees and sunlit white snow strikingly contrast with the muted gray tones of a brick and stone building in this wintry photograph. Although Eugène Atget made his photographs early in the morning when the sun was strong, the season's dim light resulted in this atmospheric portrait.

Atget intended his photographs to be used as source material for artists, such as the noteworthy painter Maurice Utrillo, who favored orderly architectural subjects. Utrillo modeled a 1926 painting on this image, altering the season to spring and adding a few spindly shrubs and several figures.

Provenance
Provenance
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Maurice Utrillo Paris, France, French, 1883 - 1955

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Atget's Magical Analysis: Photographs 1915-1927 (October 29, 1991 to January 5, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 29, 1991 to January 5, 1992
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

Petrides, Paul. L'oeuvre Complet, vol. II (Paris, P. Pétridès, 1959-), pp. 462-63, Maurice Utrillo directly modeled a painting of 1926 on this photograph.

Szarkowski, John and Maria Morris Hambourg. The Work of Atget. 4 vols. (New York: Museum of Modern Art; Boston: Distributed by New York Graphic Society, 1981-1985) vol. 2, pl. 102.

Baldwin, Gordon. In Focus: Eugène Atget: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000), pl. 40.