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Cabaret de l'Homme Armé, Rue des Blancs-Manteaux

A work made of albumen print.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of albumen print.

Date:

1900

Artist:

Jean-Eugène-Auguste Atget
French, 1857–1927

About this artwork

Eugène Atget systematically photographed traditional establishments and vernacular settings in Paris—fundamental aspects of the city under threat from new construction and industrialization. Successful before World War I as a purveyor of “Old Paris” to libraries and artists, in his final years (and posthumously) he became a cult favorite of two specific and influential sets—European Surrealists and American documentarians. Atget included this early image of a cabaret in a 1913 album of 60 images called Signs and Old Shops in Paris. He focused here equally on the emblem of “the armed man”—a title (and a tavern) dating to the medieval crusades, rendered in word and image to assure its familiarity to a partially illiterate clientele—and on the maitre d’, who gazes back through a glass window that also reflects, like a ghost, the likeness of the photographer himself.

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Artist

Jean-Eugène-Auguste Atget

Title

Cabaret de l'Homme Armé, Rue des Blancs-Manteaux

Origin

France

Date

Made 1900

Medium

Albumen print

Dimensions

22.1 × 17.4 cm (image/paper)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Anstiss and Ronald Krueck in honor of Matthew S. Witkovsky

Reference Number

2014.659

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