c. 1890-1910: Streets of Amsterdam

View of Gasthuismolensteeg on the corner of the Herengracht.

Photographs in and around Amsterdam by George Hendrik Breitner. Born in the Netherlands in 1857, Breitner was a leading figure of Amsterdam Impressionism, often sketching scenes of everyday life on the streets alongside his contemporary, Vincent Van Gogh (whose paintings Breitner later described as "coarse and distasteful”).

In the 1890s, he added photography to his repertoire, finding it to be a useful tool for capturing fleeting conditions and scenes for later reference.


A view of the Rokin.

A snowy view of the Damrak.

Children play in a sand dump near Prince Island.

Workers on the Van Diemenstraat.

Workers at the construction site of the Municipal Bath and Swimming Facility at the Heiligeweg.

A cyclist on the Prinsengracht.

Geldersekade and Geldersche quay.

All images: George Henrik Breitner/Rijksmuseum via Europeana