The J. Paul Getty Museum

[Sapin, Trianon (Pine Tree Trunks at the Trianon)]

Object Details

Title:

[Sapin, Trianon (Pine Tree Trunks at the Trianon)]

Artist/Maker:

Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

1910 - 1915

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.1034.16

Dimensions:

23.2 × 17.2 cm (9 1/8 × 6 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

The angular branches and twisting trunks of these trees form a compelling subject--and they resulted in a dynamic photographic composition. Tree roots, a true challenge to photographers, have rich graphic possibilities. Eugène Atget may have created this image out of an interest in the sources of Art Nouveau, or he may have hoped that an artist-client would purchase it as source material for his or her own work in that style.

Bibliography
Bibliography

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. 1, p. 164, for date and discussion of other Trianon photgraphs of trees.