In his early work, Atget photographed most often at midday, reasoning that photographs in which bright sunlight illuminated his subjects in all their detail would be most useful to his artist and craftsman clients. Later in life, after a major sale gave him the financial security to photograph for himself, rather than for others, he preferred the early morning or evening hours. Pictures such as this one, showing the Pantheon glimpsed between dark buildings in softly lit morning mist, are more personal, expressive, and lyrical than the “documents for artists” that he made earlier in his career.
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Eugène Atget, French, 1857–1927
Rue de la Montagne Ste. Genevieve
- Albumen silver print from glass negative
- Image: 7 × 8 11/16 in. (17.8 × 22.1 cm) Sheet: 7 × 8 7/8in. (17.8 × 22.5cm)
- Credit Line
Museum purchase funded by Mr. and Mrs. S. I. Morris in honor of Anne Wilkes Tucker, The Manfred Heiting Collection.
- Current Location
- Not on view
- Accession Number
[Hôtel Drouot, Paris]; [Galerie Octant, Paris]; purchased by Manfred Heiting; purchased by MFAH, 2002.