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Versailles, Maison Close, Petit Place by Eugène Atget

Eugène Atget
French, 1857-1927
Versailles, Maison Close, Petit Place
Gold-toned gelatin silver printing out print
22.8 x 17.8 cm
Acquired by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1999

Late in his prolific career, the Parisian photographer Eugène Atget was commissioned by the painter André Dignimont (1891-1965) to produce a series of images of prostitutes, for an unrealized book project. In this stark image of a young woman emerging from the shadowy doorway to a Versailles brothel, Atget avoids romanticizing or eroticizing his subject, instead taking a documentary approach consistent with his unpopulated architectural and urban views.