*Rococo Revisited
Grand Trianon
Eugène Atget  (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris)
Date: 1903
In the 1920s, Atget was heralded by Man Ray and the Surrealists for his photographs of window displays that melded reflections of the street with artifacts for sale, and for his pictures of places that seemed like so many theatrical stages pregnant with imminent action. His keen observations of the moments when today’s traffic intersects society’s immemorial concerns demonstrated far beyond Surrealist circles how photography could succinctly and evocatively describe cultural values as pervasive and almost as invisible as air.
Department of Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Grand Trianon

Eugène Atget  (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris)

Date: 1903

In the 1920s, Atget was heralded by Man Ray and the Surrealists for his photographs of window displays that melded reflections of the street with artifacts for sale, and for his pictures of places that seemed like so many theatrical stages pregnant with imminent action. His keen observations of the moments when today’s traffic intersects society’s immemorial concerns demonstrated far beyond Surrealist circles how photography could succinctly and evocatively describe cultural values as pervasive and almost as invisible as air.

Department of Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

#Eugène Atget #Versailles
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