Friday, September 14, 2012

Photograph by Eugène Atget

This original 1912 photograph by Eugène Atget of the Port de l'Hôtel de Ville in Paris was offered for sale at Christie's New York on October 6, 2011. I'm fascinated by Atget's photographs of Paris as a body of visually compelling documentary work, although this particular one frustrates me a bit. I find I want to  have a different view and see under the bridge. I believe my attitude is an example of not accepting art on its own terms.

EUGÈNE ATGET (1857-1927)
Port de l'Hôtel de Ville, 1912 

albumen print
titled and numbered '318' in pencil (on the verso)
8 5/8 x 7in. (22 x 17.7cm.) 

Price Realized 

  • Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.
    $6,000 - $8,000

Sale InformationSale 2470 Lot 231Photographs  6 October 2011
New York, Rockefeller Plaza

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