Spanish Dancer by Isaac Israels
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About the artwork

Spain and Spanish dancers is a recurring theme in the work of Isaac Israels. In August 1889, during the World Exhibition, he travels with French Erens, who wrote in his memoirs about Israels's knowledge of the Spanish language, the country and its dancers.

Bygone years, French Erens, worried by Harry G. M. Prick, Publisher Workers Press, 1989

Spanish Dancer, 20th century, oil on canvas, France.

Signed: Bottom Right; Isaac Israels.

56 x 75 cm

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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.