The Cleveland Museum of Art

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Versailles, Chaste Venus, 1922-1923

albumen print, gold toned, Image: 18.1 x 22.6 cm (7 1/8 x 8 7/8 in.); Matted: 35.5 x 45.7 cm (14 x 18 in.). John L. Severance Fund 1985.113

During the first quarter of the 20th century, Eugène Atget photographed the French urban experience. Periodically, from 1901-1926, Atget was particularly attracted to the grounds and gardens at the palace of Versailles, photographing its walks, fountains, and statues during different seasons. An eerie silence and mysteriousness frequently suffuses his images, as it does in this haunting photograph of Antoine Coysevox's bronze sculpture of Venus, positioned on a raised plinth facing the palace's garden facade.
With the placement of his camera, Atget brought a carefully ordered harmony to the composition
through the alignment of various architectural and sculptural elements.

Written in pencil on verso: "Versailles 1203"; scratched into negative: "1503 [sic]"

CMA, February 12 - April 20, 1986: "Year in Review 1985," CMA Bulletin, 73 (Feb. 1986), p. 64, no. 56.
CMA, November 20,1996 - February 2, 1997: "Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art," see Catalogue of Photography, pp. 34-35.
Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; February 26 - June 16, 2005 . "Drawn with Light: Pioneering French Photography from the Cleveland Museum of Art".

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