By John Szarkowski, Maria Morris Hambourg
This fantastically reproduced quantity provides the essence of the paintings of the nice French photographer, Eugène Atget, in a single hundred conscientiously chosen images. John Szarkowski, an said grasp of the artwork of pictures, explores during this e-book the original sensibilities that made Atget one of many maximum artists of the 20 th century and an important effect at the improvement of contemporary and modern images. Szarkowski's eloquent introductory textual content and commentaries shape a longer essay at the notable visible intelligence displayed in those refined, occasionally enigmatic pictures.
Atget used to be a advertisement photographer who dedicated extra then thirty years of his existence to the duty of documenting the town of Paris, its environs, and the French geographical region in additional than 8 thousand photos. within the procedure, he created an oeuvre that brilliantly explains the nice richness, complexity, and actual personality of his local tradition. His uncompromising eye recorded the picturesque villages and panorama of France; the storied chateaux and the romantic parks and gardens of the ancien régime of Louis XIV; and, in Paris, architectural info, deepest courtyards, old fashioned store home windows, curious constructions and streets, and numerous denizens of the city scene of his occasions. Atget died nearly unknown in 1927, even supposing teams of his prints have been integrated in a number of Paris files. In 1925 the younger American artist Berenice Abbott had chanced on his paintings, and after his loss of life she prepared to shop for his information with assistance from artwork broker Julien Levy; in 1968 that assortment was once bought via the Museum of recent artwork.
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The customer wanted a simple elevation view, showing such details as the divisions of the plane and the character of the ornament; he did not want a cubist projection, showing in one picture both the elevation and a section through the plan. . , rue oulletier. (–) A tget was forty, or a little older, when he decided to be a photographic specialist in the documentation of Old Paris. At this point he had almost no file of negatives, no partner or useful friends, little money, and very little experience in his new specialty.
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