The J. Paul Getty Museum

Storefront, avenue des Gobelins

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Storefront, avenue des Gobelins


Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)




Paris, France (Place Created)




Gelatin silver print

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23 × 16.8 cm (9 1/16 × 6 5/8 in.)

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Object Description

The mannequins in this shop window appear to be engaged in a choreographed game of musical umbrellas, with their delicate hands poised to pluck the protruding handles as they saunter by. They appear aloof, indifferent both to Eugène Atget, who photographs them, and to the mysterious voyeur whose legs, reflected in the glass, are visible just above the "250ƒ" sign. The reflection of the blowing trees in the glass may suggest an imminent storm directly above the mannequins' heads, hopelessly blurring the line between inside and outside. The domed building in the reflection is the former chapel of the Gobelins Tapestry Manufactory, which became the Gobelins Museum. Its looming presence frames the mannequins as if they were on a stage.

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
Fashion and Transgression (January 29 to April 12, 2003)
  • Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California (Los Angeles), January 29 to April 12, 2003
Photographers of Genius (March 16 to July 25, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 16 to July 25, 2004

The Man in the Street: Eugene Atget in Paris, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum), fig. 9.

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. 4, pl. 100, for title.

Naef, Weston. Atget's Magical Analysis: Photographs 1915-1927, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991), fig. 3.

Baldwin, Gordon. In Focus: Eugène Atget: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000), pl. 39.