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February 1, 2017

25 Stunning Color Photos Taken by Alfonse Van Besten in the 1910s

Belgian painter Alfonse Van Besten (1865-1926) embraced technology, utilizing innovative color processes to transfer black and white photographs into vivid, at times lurid Autochromes. The tableaux of his Autochromes (a technology patented by the Lumière brothers in 1903 and the first color photographic process developed on an industrial scale) are often bucolic and romantic.

Here is a dreamy Autochrome photo collection that he shot from 1910 to 1915.


Ancient times, ca. 1912

Children at play, ca. 1912

Civic and military garb, ca. 1911

Dahlias, ca. 1913

Farmers on cart, ca. 1912

Garden view, ca. 1914

Grecian times, 1912

Groupe antique composition, ca. 1912

Innocence, ca. 1912

Mime in love, ca.1912

Mime in love, ca.1912

Modesty, 1912

Musing (Mrs. A. Van Besten), ca. 1910

Nero playing the harp, 1912

Pink and green wigs, ca. 1912

Shepherd’s boy, ca.1913

Still life with brown fruit, ca.1913

Symphony in white, 1912

Two girls picking cornflowers, ca. 1912

Van Besten painting in his garden

Washing and bleaching

Windmill at twilight, ca.1913

Winter at Brugge unloading barge, ca. 1912

Winter scene in park, ca. 1912

Young girl amidst marguerites, ca. 1912

(Photos by Alfonse Van Besten, via flashbak)

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