Eugene Atget, Versailles, escalier de l'Orangerie, 1901
"Good pictures are not explained by words, and in the case of the best pictures a writer would be well-advised to save his paper"
Fortunately Szarkowski does not heed his own advice. He continues:
"I have no idea where this picture gets its hallucinatory, threatening power. Perhaps it has something to do with the apparent counterclockwise cant of the picture, although the verticals are erect; perhaps it is the brilliant sky, shaped like a sheet of half-burned note paper; or perhaps it is the low vantage point, that suggests that we are crawling toward the stairway on our hands and knees, pulling behind us an intolerable burden."
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Posted by Evan Sklar at 9:00 AM