Versailles, Coin de Parc

Eugène Atget1904

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

This statue of a grinning Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, looms over a corner of the park at Versailles, squeezing grapes into a bowl as if beseeching visitors to celebrate and make merry. The weathered facade of the statue, however, contrasts with Bacchus's role as a god who should be attended and worshipped; like the overturned chair and the scattered dead leaves, it emphasizes the abandonment of the park. Although a place of great festivities, the empty park appeared desolate and neglected when Eugène Atget photographed it.

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  • Title: Versailles, Coin de Parc
  • Creator: Eugène Atget
  • Date: 1904
  • Physical Dimensions: 21.4 x 17.6 cm (8 7/16 x 6 15/16 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.64.64
  • Inscription: Inscription: Inscribed verso print in pencil: title and negative number "6461". Secondary Inscription: Inscribed verso print in pencil in unknown later hand: publication notes.
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Photographs