George Hendrick Breitner's Snapshots

George Heidrik Breitner, Demolition in the Oudezijds Achterburgwal, 1903-1904 (c
George Heidrik Breitner, Demolition in the Oudezijds Achterburgwal, 1903-1904 (courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art)

Leslie Anderson blogs about the paintings of George Hendrick Breitner (1857-1923), whose works are included in the exhibition Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard, on view at the Indianapolis Museum of Art through September 2, 2012.

Anderson writes that Breitner's "immediate grasp of [photography's] potential in his own artistic process is evident in the present exhibition. Breitner’s painting Demolition of Oudezijds Achterburgwal (1903-04) bears more than a passing resemblance in both form and subject matter to his snapshots of street reconstruction in Amsterdam (taken from 1894-1898)... Flattened picture planes and unusual cropping characterize Breitner's images. Breitner translated this photographic aesthetic to painting, creating works distinguished by their innovatory compositional daring."