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Ancien Couvent, Avenue de l'Observatoire (Old Convent, avenue d l'Observatoire)

Eugène Atget1923

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The bare trees and high, weather-stained wall in front of this building convey a contemplative atmosphere that seems especially appropriate for an old convent. Propped against the wall behind the gas lamp, a ladder suggests a romantic scene from literature, perhaps an escape of some sort. Although it was not raining when Eugène Atget created this picture, the wet ground indicates that a downpour had only recently passed.

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  • Title: Ancien Couvent, Avenue de l'Observatoire (Old Convent, avenue d l'Observatoire)
  • Creator: Eugène Atget
  • Date: 1923
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 22.1 x 18.3 cm (8 11/16 x 7 3/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 90.XM.127.1
  • Inscription: Inscription: Inscribed verso print in pencil: title and negative number "6403".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Photographs

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