Quai Conti 3

Eugène Atget1900

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Au Petit Dunkerque, a bar in Paris, was bustling with business when Eugène Atget stood directly in front of the entrance to document it. The name of the establishment is subordinated to the sailing ship above it, a leftover from old Paris, when many businesses advertised with images rather than words because of their largely illiterate clientele. A trellis of grapes grows around the doorframe and heavily barred windows, then a Parisian requirement for premises that sold alcohol. By contrast, the open door is a deep, black chasm from which emerges a truncated, headless ghost in a white shirt and waistcoat. Due to their excessive motion during the exposure, his head and legs have disappeared into a hopeless blur. The striped fabric along the top left edge and the fringe on the folded-back awning across the top of the image create a frame for the facade.

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  • Title: Quai Conti 3
  • Creator: Eugène Atget
  • Date: 1900
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 20.8 x 17.9 cm (8 3/16 x 7 1/16 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.45.1
  • Inscription: Inscription: Atget negative number inscribed in negative. Title and negative number 4133 and "Ancien magasin de bijouterie/de Marie Antoinette/au petit Dunkerque" inscribed verso in pencil.
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Photographs