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Street Musicians

Accession Number
1974/1.120

Title
Street Musicians

Artist(s)
Eugène Atget

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1898 - 1899

Medium & Support
gold-toned gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
10 in x 13 in (25.4 cm x 33.02 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
This photograph of an organ grinder and, presumably, a young girl who is singing along with his music, is one of the few images in which Atget seems interested in capturing a spontaneous gesture. The grinning girl with her outward thrusting chest encapsulates a fleeting moment, somewhat at odds with the still expression of the organ player who gravely meets our eyes. Atget has closely framed the image so only a dark garment on the street in front of the pair that may serve as the collection basket for donations is visible.

Physical Description
An organ grinder and a young girl perform on a Paris street.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Entertainers
Figures
Musicians
Urban life
documentary photography
girl
males
man
modern and contemporary art
musicians
organs (aerophones)
street entertainers
street scenes
streets

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