L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Le parfum pâlissant des temps passés - Versailles and Trianon in Autochromes, circa 1910s-1920s

The Belvédère pavilion in the Jardin anglais of the Petit Trianon. (Two images.)

The modern brain seems unable to endure black and white photography. Apparently, historical images really need to be "colorized" to make the people and situations comprehensible, relatable: "Well, you know, that color just brings history to life!"  (Don't get me started... again.) But we do have the Autochrome - a color photographic process in use from the first decade of the twentieth century until the early Thirties - to help these folks along, to possibly divert them away from their fiendish colorizing impulses. I should think that images produced by this method would be something fairly calming to those feverish little color-mad brains, while yet not being an insult to the sensibilities of those of us who have more respect for historical truth and for the rights of the images' original creators, whose aesthetics are perhaps slightly more refined, and who have...what?...an imagination...?

The buildings of the Hameau de la reine. (Eight images.) Here, the maison de la reine. (Four images.)
The moulin.
The colombier and maison du garde.
The colombier.
The boudoir.

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