Provenance: Private collection, the Netherlands; Kunsthandel Ivo Bouwman.
Isaac Israels studied for two years at the academy of Den Haag (1880-82) before he committed himself to painting figures and portraits. In 1887 he moved to Amsterdam. He practiced his impressionist manner in cityscapes, dancing halls, portraits, circus scenes, figures and nudes. In the nineties Israels started to work plein-air along the canals and in parks. His subjects were not limited to Amsterdam: Israels also worked in London and Paris. Israels lived and worked for seven in the French capital, where he studied the work of Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas. Around 1900, his palette lightened and his subjects became more mundane: figures on a night out, figures at the terrace, horse riders in Hyde Park, mannequins at Hirsch & Paquin and theater scenes.
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.