The vanished streets of Old Paris

The vanished streets of Old Paris

Eugène Atget considered himself a failed artist. His work is now taught in every photo history class.

Cabaret au port Salut, street vendor selling shellfish, rue des Fossés-Saint-Jacques 5th arrondissement 1903

Cabaret Au Port-Salut, 163 bis rue des Fossés-Saint-Jacques, Paris V, 1903 - Eugène Atget

Moulin Rouge, Eugène Atget

"The Moulin Rouge," 86 Boulevard de Clich, Paris, Photographer: Eugene Atget.

The life and the intention of Eugene Atget are fundamentally unknown to us. A few documented facts and a handful of recollections and legends provide a scant outline of the man:   He was born in Libourne, near Bordeaux, in 1857, and worked as a sailor during his youth; from the sea he turned to the stage, with no more than minor success; at forty he quit acting, and after a tentative experiment with painting Atget became a photographer, and began his true life's work.

Image: Eugene Atget, Trianon, Pavillon Francais, should be big enough to make the tiny dreams reality

Vue de l'Hôtel de Flesselles, 1898, by Eugene Atget

Vue de l'Hôtel de Flesselles, 1898

Browse and bid on the auction of Vue de l'Hôtel de Flesselles, 1898 by Eugène Atget taking place at Christie's from PM (EST) – PM (EST).