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Children Playing, Luxembourg Gardens
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Anonymous gift

Eugène Atget
French, Paris, about 1898
Albumen print
7 x 8 1/8 in.
94.XM.108.11

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In the center of this image, four handsomely dressed young girls entertain themselves playing or drawing in the sand. One of them, looking directly into Eugene Atget's lens, is clearly more interested in the photographer. A child too young to participate with the older girls stands eyeing her toy, while a boy on the run appears to have stopped mid-step, curiously staring at the photographer. A nanny looms over the children in the foreground.

Gardens such as this one are an enduring aspect of Parisian life, offering a welcome respite from the city's busy boulevards.