The RKD has published the first RKDmonograph: a digital overview in English of photographs by the Amsterdam Impressionist painter George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923). A total of 2,300 original photos from the RKD collection are accessible to an international audience since November 2011.
Some 2,300 original prints and negatives by G.H Breitner were donated to the RKD in 1961, exactly 50 years ago. Before then it was not realised that Breitner was an important photographer as well as being a painter. In 2011 high-resolution scans were produced of all the photographs so that the originals can be safely stored in optimal conditions.
George Hendrik Breitner, View of the Schiedamsedijk and the corner with Leuvebrugsteeg, 1906, RKD Photographic Collection (view in RKDimages)
Until now the photographs by the Amsterdam Impressionist painter George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923) have primarily been presented as studies for his paintings. However, the photos are also fine and important works of art in their own right and they offer a unique picture of city life around 1900.