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

Object Details

Title:

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

Artist/Maker(s):

Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

1898

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

21.6 x 17.8 cm (8 1/2 x 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.

Provenance

Monah Gettner New York, NY, USA

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