St. Julien le Pauvre-Portail (St. Julien le Pauvre-Facade)

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St. Julien le Pauvre-Portail (St. Julien le Pauvre-Facade)


Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)




Paris, France (Place created)




Albumen silver print


21.6 × 17.8 cm (8 1/2 × 7 in.)

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In this photograph of an alley leading to the facade of Saint Julien le Pauvre, a church built in the 1100s, the viewer's eye follows along the sloped gutter in the center of a cobblestone street. As the drain veers left, the viewer's eye shifts to the church's guardian, comfortably seated by the entrance and gazing at the camera.

The extreme clarity of Eugène Atget's photograph recorded the cracked and peeling details of the weather-beaten facade and the missing glass from its rose window. Clearly, a building had once stood to the left of where Atget placed his camera, although all that remains is a boarded-up, hollow space.


Monah Gettner New York, NY, USA

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

Françoise Reynaud. Les Voitures d'Atget au Musée Carnavalet (Paris: Carré : Paris Musées, 1991), See pl. 13 at the Bibliothéque Nationale; image is not in the copy of the album in the Musée Carnavalet, which has a different plate 13.

Baldwin, Gordon. In Focus: Eugène Atget: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000), pl. 3.