First in-depth presentation of Eugène Atget’s work by Museum of Modern Art in over 25 years


NEW YORK, NY.- Eugène Atget: “Documents pour artistes‖ presents six fresh and highly focused cross sections of the career of master photographer Eugène Atget (French, 1857–1927), drawn exclusively from The Museum of Modern Art’s unparalleled holdings of his work. The exhibition, on view at MoMA from February 6 through April 9, 2012, gets its name from the sign outside Atget’s studio door, which declared his modest ambition to create documents for other artists to use as source material in their own work. Whether exploring Paris’s fifth arrondissement across several decades, or the decayed grandeur of parks at Sceaux in a remarkable creative outburst at the twilight of his career, Atget’s lens captured the essence of his chosen subject with increasing complexity and sensitivity. Also featured are Atget’s photographs made in the Luxembourg