Petit Bacchus, 61, rue St. Louis en l'Ile (The Little Bacchus Café, rue St. Louis en l'Ile)

Object Details

Title:

Petit Bacchus, 61, rue St. Louis en l'Ile (The Little Bacchus Café, rue St. Louis en l'Ile)

Artist/Maker(s):

Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

1901 - 1902

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

22.1 x 17.8 cm (8 11/16 x 7 in.)

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·    Shop Sign, rue St.-Louis


The elaborately worked iron on this storefront dates to the 1600s, evoking a time when literacy was uncommon and symbols were a more effective means of conveying an idea. Above the shop's door, a baby Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and revelry, sit astride a cask surrounded by grapevines, announcing to passerby that they could procure wine from the merchant inside.

From behind the glass panes of the shop door, a waitress peers out at the photographer in the street. Though Eugène Atget was far more interested in documenting the facade of the wine shop than the waitress's image, her presence adds an engaging aspect to the composition.

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
At the Window: The Photographer's View (October 1, 2013 to January 5, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 1, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Bibliography

The Man in the Street: Eugene Atget in Paris, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum) fig. 6.

Martinez, Romeo and Alain Pougetoux. Atget: Voyages en Ville (Paris: Chene/Hachette, 1979) p. 49.

Atget, Eugène and Romeo Martinez. Eugène Atget, 1857-1927 (Milano: Electa, 1979) p. 54.

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Eugène Atget, Fotógrafo, 1857-1927: Lisboa, Junho 1981 (Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 1981) fig. 16.

Baldwin, Gordon. In Focus: Eugène Atget; Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000) pl. 10.