Animal Circus, Fête des Invalides
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Eugène Atget
French, Paris, negative 1898, print 1920s
Gelatin silver print
7 x 9 in.

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Outside the Palace of Monkeys at this street fair, performing dogs and music attracted patrons to an animal circus. An ornately painted organ and humorous illustrations of dogs performing circus antics and dealing cards adorn the stage. A rarity among Eugène Atget's photographs of street fairs, this one includes the crowds as well as the attraction. Both the organ grinder on the far left and a young boy in the center gaze at Atget, more engaged by the action of the photographer than the talent of the dogs.