Accession Number


Eugène Atget

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gold-toned gelatin silver print on paper

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

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Although carousels are normally associated with tinkling music and happy children, Atget's photograph of a Paris carousel is more ominous than cheerful. He depicts the amusement park ride without any children present, and the slightly oblique angle from which the photograph was taken, in tandem with the dark upper right and upper left corners (tell tale marks from Atget's circular lens), lend a foreboding quality to the image. Behind the carousel, which dominates the picture plane, a croissant stand and the façade of a building are visible and locate the scene in Paris.

Physical Description
Photograph depicting a carousel at an amusement park.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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amusement parks
amusement rides
carousels (rides)
documentary photography
modern and contemporary art

7 Related Resources

Paris, Scenes and Artists, 19th and 20th Centuries
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Technology and Modernity in Photography 1900-1948
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
The City in Photography 1900-1948
(Part of 8 Learning Collections)
The Modern Metropolis
(Part of 7 Learning Collections)
The Circus
(Part of 5 Learning Collections)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ FFW, Mezzanine ➜ M01 (Joan and Robert Tisch Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art)