Eugène Atget,  Notre-Dame depuis le quai de la Tournelle, 1923,  Metropolitan Museum of Art

Eugène Atget,  Notre-Dame depuis le quai de la Tournelle, 1923,  Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something remarkable happened to Eugène Atget whenever he came near to the river Marne: he found himself able to draw an almost baptismal joy from the landscape. This, at least, is what you sense in his photographs. There’s one in particular I’m thinking of. The air in this picture is holy; the water is holy; the lone angler is a veritable saint of “atmosphere.” The myriad reflections of trees and boats stretch away in stillness to a pair...

 
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