200 Eugène Atget Photographs Donated to Israel Museum

'Hôtel, 1 rue des Prouvaires et 54 rue Saint-Honoré' (1912) by Eugene Atgét. (Courtesy the Israel Museum)

New York philanthropists Pamela and George Rohr, and an anonymous donor from the city, are giving 200 photographs by the early-20th-century Parisian photographer Eugène Atget to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, museum administrators announced today.

The Israel Museum is set to open a show of Atget’s work on Friday that will include 70 of the newly donated pieces.

Best known for his eerie photographs of deserted Paris streets, Atget was a prolific worker (he shot some 10,000 images) and was adopted by the Surrealists as a forebear. He’s having something of a mini boom right now, with the Museum of Modern Art currently hosting an exhibition, called “Eugène Atget: Documents pour artistes,” which is on view through April 9 and takes a close look at various points in his career.

Also, the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., has uploaded a nice selection of Atgets that it has in its collection.

200 Eugène Atget Photographs Donated to Israel Museum