The Man in the Street: Eugène Atget in Paris (June 20 to October 8, 2000)
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25, Rue des Blancs Manteaux (Café, rue des Blancs Manteaux)
Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)
Paris, France (Place Created)
Albumen silver print
21.9 × 17.8 cm (8 5/8 × 7 in.)
A formally dressed waiter stares at the camera from inside this cabaret while above him hangs a sign depicting an armored man lounging on a cannon; combined with the establishment's name, these two subjects create a strikingly masculine image. Although the presence of the waiter implies that this photograph is a portrait, Eugène Atget was actually documenting the elaborately gilded ironwork sign above the entrance, which dates from the 1700s. Atget photographed a number of such signs, including a baby Bacchus astride a wine cask, and the bucket and pulley at a well.
Martinez, Romeo and Alain Pougetoux. Atget: Voyages en Ville (Paris: Chene/Hachette, 1979), p. 52.
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Eugène Atget, Fotógrafo, 1857-1927: Lisboa, Junho 1981 (Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 1981), cover.