JOSEF ISRAELS (1824-1911)

Josef Israels was the greatest painter in the modern Dutch school, and has been aptly described as "the Dutch Millet." His life, in some respects, resembled Millet's, and he was subject to some of the same influences that were at work upon the latter painter.

His first ambition was to be a rabbi, but when he left school he joined his father's small banking business. He was twenty years of age when he went to Amsterdam to the studio of Jan Kruseman, a fashionable painter. He roamed in the Ghetto of that city, entranced with the picturesque streets and the still more picturesque people, but not yet dreaming of putting them on canvas. Later he went to Paris and studied with Paul Delaroche just after Millet had left him. Like Millet, he studied and starved, and, after his return to Amsterdam, like him, he painted conventional pictures for a living and found the true bent of his genius by accident. A serious illness caused him to go to Zandvoort, a small fishing village, to recuperate, and here, living in solitude, he learned the poetry, romance and beauty of lowly life. What the great world failed to show he learned in the fishing village, and he so filled himself with its life, and studied its scenery and atmosphere so closely, that his future course in art was made clear.

In his masterly canvases, in which subject and atmosphere are in perfect harmony, he reveals himself as a powerful painter and a tender poet. His pictures derive a grandeur and breadth from their very simplicity, yet, with all their freedom from unnecessary detail, they display a keen observation that appreciates and reveals the significance of minor things. His chief charm to the general picture-lover is that he is a poet-painter, and that quality is well shown in the present painting.

From the book "Famous Paintings" Volume 2 printed in 1913.

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