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Naturaliste, rue de l'école de médecine

Object Details

Title:

Naturaliste, rue de l'école de médecine

Artist/Maker:

Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)

Culture:

French

Place:

France (Place Created)

Date:

negative 1926–1927; print 1927

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

90.XM.64.15

Dimensions:

22.5 × 17.9 cm (8 7/8 × 7 1/16 in.)

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Object Description

Who were the customers for such an establishment, with its large display windows revealing a most curious product?

As unlikely as an encounter with this gruesome storefront seems, Eugène Atget chose to photograph it so as to emphasize its accessibility to the passerby on the street; the sidewalk, curb, and brick road take up fully one-third of the frame. The distance from the window also allows for a bit of mystery concerning the creatures or parts being preserved within the jars. Like many of the figures captured in Atget's photographs, the skeleton of the ape appears to be eyeing the photographer cautiously and curiously as Atget goes about recording him.

Provenance
Provenance
1990 -

Daniel Wolf, Inc.
Note: Agent for André Jammes

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