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Jozef Israels was a Dutch painter and a leading member of the group of landscape painters referred to as the Hague School and, during his life time, "the most respected Dutch artist of the second half of the nineteenth century".


Born in Groningen, Holland, in 1824, Josef Israels was brought up in the traditions of the Jewish faith and destined for the rabbinate.  His interest in drawing grew stronger with age however, and in 1840 his father finally relented, sending him to Amsterdam.  There he spent his days working in the studio of Jan Kruseman and his evenings painting at the Royal Academy under Jan Pieneman, both leading portrait painters.  In Paris, Israels studied a short time with the historical painter Francois Picot and also at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. 

It was however, the humble fisher-folk of Zandboort, a remote village on the northern coast of Holland, who determined the direction of his art.  There, in 1855, he observed their daily routine, their natural, simple existence, with its sorrows and terrors and little joys, all unspoiled by the requirements of society.  His eyes were opened to the beauty of real life and he came to see its drama was well worth depicting.  

Of his style and the influence of Rembrandt the artist stated: "I began to realize that true art does not consist in smoothly finished drawing and scrupulously exact coloration.  I perceived that I had to occupy myself much more with the correct appreciation of light and shade, with the attitudes and movements of beings and thing… In Rembrandt alone did I find that breadth and freedom of execution which was lacking in all the others."

In 1870 Israels became one of a number of artists taking up residence at The Hague, which, like Paris, became a center to which painters flocked.  He was to become the acknowledged leader of The Hague School, which took the art of Holland to its highest point since the 17th century.

The artist won many honors; the Cross of the French Legion of Honor, a Chevalier of the Order of Leopold and even a medal at Philadelphia, but what he treasured most was the affection and admiration of his fellow countrymen who acknowledged him as a true interpreter of the Dutch character and spirit. 


Biography partially from the Archives of AskART



Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries


Art Institute of Chicago

Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, UK

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire

Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan

Dordrechts Museum, Netherlands

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Louvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, Netherlands

National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

National Gallery, London, UK

New Art Gallery, Walsall, England

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, Netherlands

Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

State Museums of Florence Digital Archive, Italy

Teylers Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands

Teylers Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands

The Huntington Library, California

The Walters Art Museum, Maryland

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City

Valtion Taidemuseo (Finnish National Gallery), Helsinki, Finland

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida