Eugène Atget, ‘Rare original photograph of a blooming apple tree, by Eugène Atget’, ca. 1900, Avant-Garde Gallery
Eugène Atget, ‘Rare original photograph of a blooming apple tree, by Eugène Atget’, ca. 1900, Avant-Garde Gallery
Eugène Atget, ‘Rare original photograph of a blooming apple tree, by Eugène Atget’, ca. 1900, Avant-Garde Gallery

Albumen print from the period by Eugène Atget representing an apple tree branch in full blossom. Written on the back by the photographer : ‘Branche de pommier, N°55.’ (Apple tree, negative N°55) 1900 period.

Dimensions with frame :
H : 10.63 in. ; W : 13.07 in. ; D : 0.79 in.
H : 27 cm ; W : 33,2 cm ; D : 2 cm

About Eugène Atget

Thanks to Berenice Abbott, Eugène Atget is posthumously recognized as one of the foremost early modern photographers, whose work serves as a sensitively observed record of Old Paris, its citizens and environs. His lifespan corresponded with Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s famously wholesale transformation of Paris into a modern city. Working both on commission and in response to public interest, he took up photography in the late 1880s, turning his camera on the as-yet unchanged sections of Paris in 1898. He captured streetscapes, shop fronts, and architectural details in a straight, documentary style, against the then-dominant Pictorialist trend. Until his final years, he aimed to make documents, not art. By the early 1920s, and until his death, Atget changed his focus and mood. His late works are expressive and metaphorical, and were championed by the Surrealists for their poetic, uncanny, and haunting air.

French, 1857-1927, Libourne, France, based in Paris, France