25 Gorgeous 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.

Farmers on cart, ca. 1912
Ancient times, ca. 1912
Children at play, ca. 1912
Civic and military garb, ca. 1911
Dahlias, ca. 1913
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)

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