Grand Trianon, Dragon par Hardy

Object Details

Title:

Grand Trianon, Dragon par Hardy

Artist/Maker(s):

Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Versailles, France (Place created)

Date:

1901

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

21.9 x 18.1 cm (8 5/8 x 7 1/8 in.)

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With his neck extended and mouth open, this wide-eyed dragon adorning the reflecting pool at the Grand Trianon commands attention. His muscular, winged body almost completely fills the frame of Eugène Atget's photograph, conveying a vigorous presence.

The Grand Trianon, built by Louis XIV in 1668, provided a place of refuge for the royal family, away from the rigid etiquette observed at the palace of Versailles. The king often hosted concerts and suppers for selected guests at this retreat.

Exhibitions
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