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
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Fountainebleau - Cour des Adieux
Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)
Paris, France (Place Created)
Albumen silver print
21.9 × 17.8 cm (8 5/8 × 7 in.)
Eugène Atget's particular interest in places with historical associations led him to the magnificent château of Fontainebleau, where a tourist guide stands at the foot of its famous horseshoe-shaped staircase. Atget's steep perspective resulted in an imposing composition in which the château forebodingly looms over the expansive courtyard. The guide's presence enlivens what otherwise would have been an image of frigid majesty.
Once a royal palace, Fontainebleau had housed generations of sovereigns beginning as early as the 1100s. The complex and irregular building that currently exists, which includes a court theater commissioned by Napoleon III in the same year as Atget's birth, is the result of numerous additions and alterations by Fontainebleau's many residents.
Baldwin, Gordon. In Focus: Eugène Atget: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000), pl. 14.