Solar Eclipse, April 1912, Eugène Atget
Eugène Atget
Solar Eclipse, April 1912
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Eugène Atget

Solar Eclipse, April 1912, 1912

18.1 x 22.6 cm
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Albumen print mounted on cardboard
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Acquired in 2011 with support from the Kulturstiftung der Länder and the Hessischer Kulturstiftung, property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Not on display


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In 1926 this photo by Eugène Atget decorated the cover of issue no. 7 of the periodical ‘La Révolution surréaliste’, the chief publication of the Surrealist movement in Paris. Obscuring brightness, as happens during a solar eclipse, was contrary to the Surrealist’s concern, namely enlightening the human psyche. Atget was considered a key figure of documentary photography. A year before his death, the Surrealists adopted the photo as their magazine’s trademark, thus making the photographer a prophet of their movement.

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KunstIStück – Eugène Atget: Sonnenfinsternis, Paris 1912
Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Eugène Atget: Sonnenfinsternis, Paris 1912 (1912), Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main.

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