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Georges Gilon. Portrait of Jeanne Nokin c. 1913.

Remi Verstreken. Forest autumn. S-Gravenwezel, Belgium. c.1913.

Paul Sano. Portrait of a lady (Mrs. C. Corbet). c. 1910.

Léon Herlant. Farmers and hay wagon. c.1910.

Around 1890, a number of amateur photographers decided to use photography to reproduce the beauty and express their inner feelings and thoughts. Their vision had been opposed by painters and art critics, who were of the opinion that photography, being the product of a technical device, did not belong in a museum. Thanks to the invention of autochrome and the introduction of the manipulated image, moved the photography closer to the contemporary art movements in painting, the favorite subjects were elegant ladies in lace and landscapes wrapped in a soft mood lighting. Among the Belgians photographers should be mentioned: Charles Corbet (1868-1936), Georges Gilon (1873-1928), Léon Herlant (1873-1968), Paul Sano (1874-1960), Alfonse Van Besten (1865-1926), Ernest van Zuylen (1886-1957), Verstreken Remi (1874-1948). Many of slabs of autochromes are preserved in the collection F. Van Hoof-Williame.

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