MoMA | Eugène Atget: “Documents pour artistes”

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MoMA | Eugène Atget: “Documents pour artistes”:
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Eugène Atget: “Documents pour artistes”

February 6–April 9, 2012
The Robert and Joyce Menschel Photography Gallery, third floor
"This exhibition presents six fresh and highly focused cross sections through the career of master photographer Eugène Atget (French, 1857–1927), drawn exclusively from the Museum’s unparalleled holdings of his work.

The sign outside Atget’s studio read, “Documents pour artistes,”—declaring his modest ambition to create images for other artists to use as source material. This humility belied the visual sophistication and distinctive vision that characterized much of Atget’s own work. Whether exploring the urban texture of Paris’ fifth arrondissement throughout the first quarter of the 20th century, or the abandoned grandeur of the parks at Sceaux during a remarkable creative outburst in the spring of 1925, Atget captured the essence of his chosen subject through the camera’s lens with increasing sensitivity throughout his career. "

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