Dressed in a green gown, with a mantle falling loosely around her. Around her neck a fitting necklace, called a collier de chien. An earring hanging besides her face. Hair carefully put up with a rose stuck in it. What is this woman dreaming about? Her next performance, perhaps?
Israels painted this face with a lot of patience: made-up eyes, a hint of lipstick and a gleam on the nose. The figure is leaning against a high curb. Behind her, an announcement of an upcoming boxing match and a distant figure can be seen.
Collection of art dealer G. J. Nieuwenhu- IZEN Segaar, The Hague
NRC Handelsblad, January 27, 1961, showing
De Telegraaf, February 5, 1961, showing
Previously collection G.J. Nieuwenhuizen Segaar, The Hague. 20th century; oil on canvas.
Signed: Bottom Left; Isaac Israels.
65 x 100 cm
About the Artist
Isaac Israels was born in Amsterdam in 1865, the son of the painter Jozef Israels. Early in his life, his family moved to The Hague. During his life as an artist Isaac exchanged ‘the grey' pallet of the Haagse school (the Hague school) for a more colourful and lively pallet.
Israels was associated with the Amsterdam Impressionism movement.
Between 1880 and 1882 he studied at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, where he met George Hendrik Breitner who was to become a lifelong friend.
He returned to Amsterdam where he was asked to join the Kring der Tachtigers (the group of Eighty). Cityscapes featuring Amsterdam and Parisian street life, fashionable ladies, the interiors of cafés and sewing workshops are amongst his most popular scenes. He is considered to be one of the most important Dutch impressionists.
Isaac Israels died in 1934 in The Hague.