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Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)
Paris, France (Place created)
Albumen silver print
21.8 × 17.8 cm (8 9/16 × 7 in.)
Historians have suggested that the solitary tree served as a kind of self-portrait in Eugène Atget's photographs. Trees were a favorite subject of the reclusive and private photographer, and they appear often as silent witnesses in his views of Paris and its environs. In a busy architecture study such as this one, the lone, winter-bare tree dominates the composition, its branches drawn carefully on the blank slate of sky. The old neighborhood's bleak textures of mildew, decaying wood and plaster, and scarred stone fill three-quarters of the frame, while the few signs of nature, such as the tree and the modest garden of the house at the left, hold forth a promise of seasonal renewal.
The Man in the Street: Eugene Atget in Paris, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum), fig. 8.
Naef, Weston. Atget's Magical Analysis: Photographs 1915-1927, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991), cover.
Baldwin, Gordon. In Focus: Eugène Atget: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000), pl. 35 and cover.
The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 314, ill.
Students learn about shapes in architecture by painting their school and writing a reflective summary of their study of architecture.
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