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Petit Bacchus, 61, rue St. Louis en l'Ile (The Little Bacchus Café, rue St. Louis en l'Ile)

Eugène Atget1901 - 1902

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

· Shop Sign, rue St.-Louis


The elaborately worked iron on this storefront dates to the 1600s, evoking a time when literacy was uncommon and symbols were a more effective means of conveying an idea. Above the shop's door, a baby Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and revelry, sit astride a cask surrounded by grapevines, announcing to passerby that they could procure wine from the merchant inside.

From behind the glass panes of the shop door, a waitress peers out at the photographer in the street. Though Eugène Atget was far more interested in documenting the facade of the wine shop than the waitress's image, her presence adds an engaging aspect to the composition.

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  • Title: Petit Bacchus, 61, rue St. Louis en l'Ile (The Little Bacchus Café, rue St. Louis en l'Ile)
  • Creator: Eugène Atget
  • Date: 1901 - 1902
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 22.1 x 17.8 cm (8 11/16 x 7 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.124.13
  • Inscription: Inscribed in negative: negative number "4449"; inscribed verso in pencil: title and negative number. Secondary Inscription: Inscribed verso print in pencil in unknown later hand: dealer's inventory number "EA-8184-2".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Photographs

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