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Reguliersbreestraat, Amsterdam

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Amsterdam (photographed)

  • Date:

    c.1934 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Eilers, Bernard F. (Mr) (Photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Foto-chroma Eilers, a short-lived colour separation technique

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Joan Luckhurst Eilers

  • Museum number:

    E.334-2015

  • Gallery location:

    Photography Centre, Room 100, The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery, case EAST WALL

Bernard F. Eilers (1878-1951) was one of the leading Dutch photographers in the first quarter of the twentieth century. Along with Henri Berssenbrugge and Berend Zweers, Eilers was part of the second generation of Dutch pictorialists and his fine art prints were widely exhibited in the Netherlands during his lifetime. In 1911 he launched his business as a portrait and reproduction photographer. He was one of the Netherlands’ first commercial photographers, undertaking commissions for numerous clients including the Philips Company and Amsterdam-based architects and furniture makers. Around 1935, he created the photographic colour separation technique Foto-chroma Eilers, successfully producing prints of great intensity and depth of colour.

Eilers works are held in numerous collections in the Netherlands, including the Leiden University Special Collections and Amsterdam City Archives.

Physical description

Colour photograph depicting a city street featuring storefronts and buildings lit by bright white, red, green and blue lights. Water on the street reflects the lit scene.

Place of Origin

Amsterdam (photographed)

Date

c.1934 (made)

Artist/maker

Eilers, Bernard F. (Mr) (Photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Foto-chroma Eilers, a short-lived colour separation technique

Dimensions

Height: 21.8 cm image, Width: 28.5 cm image, Height: 41 cm sheet, Width: 34.5 cm sheet

Object history note

Bernard F. Eilers (1878-1951) was one of the leading Dutch photographers in the first quarter of the twentieth century. Along with Henri Berssenbrugge and Berend Zweers, Eilers was part of the second generation of Dutch pictorialists and his fine art prints were widely exhibited in the Netherlands during his lifetime. In 1911 he launched his business as a portrait and reproduction photographer. He was one of the Netherlands' first commercial photographers, undertaking commissions for numerous clients including the Philips Company and Amsterdam-based architects and furniture makers. Around 1935, he created the photographic colour separation technique Foto-chroma Eilers, successfully producing prints of great intensity and depth of colour.

Of the photograph, Joan Luckhurst states, 'It seems oddly American in influence, reminiscent of Edward Hopper and his ilk. Thanks to the work of the Stadsarchief archivists who have produced digitised prints from the plates they possess, we actually know it to be of Reguliersbreestraat in Amsterdam. In her monograph of 2003 Anneke shows a digitised print (p.80) with the guessed date of 1935. It would seem to have been from at least one year earlier, as is shown by one of the labels adhered to the reverse of our print. Eilers' print is a very different atmospheric version from the straightforward Archief print, showing how much artistry he put into his printing, as much as his photographic practice.'

Descriptive line

Photograph by Bernard F. Eilers, 'Reguliersbreestraat, Amsterdam', made using the 'Foto-chroma Eilers' technique [colour separation technique], c.1934

Labels and date

Photography Centre 2018-20:

Bernard Eilers (1878–1951)
Reguliersbreestraat, Amsterdam
1934

In the 1930s, the Dutch photographer Bernard Eilers developed an experimental new photographic colour separation process known as ‘Foto-chroma Eilers’. Although the process was short-lived, Eilers successfully used this technique to produce prints of great intensity and depth of colour. Here, the misty reflections and neon lights create an atmospheric but modern view of a rain-soaked Amsterdam at night.

Foto-chroma Eilers
Given by Joan Luckhurst Eilers
Museum no. E.334-2015
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Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Technique; Photography

Subjects depicted

Subject; Fluorescent lighting; Architectural lighting; Streetscape; Cityscape

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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