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Jozef Israëls

Dutch painter, draftsman, and printmaker

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Israëls was born in Groningen to poor Jewish parents. He trained as an artist in Groningen and Amsterdam, and between 1845 and 1855, he expanded his training by travelling to Paris, Dusseldorf, and the artist's colony at Oosterbeek. However, the most influential locations he visited were the Dutch seaside towns of Zandvoort and Katwijk, were he adopted genre painting as a means of documenting the lives of the towns' fishermen. His painting "Fisherman Carrying a Drowned Man" earned him an international reputation when it was shown at the Paris Salon in 1861. After this, he continued to focus on capturing the inner lives and the grief experienced by poor fishermen and their families. Israëls' concentration on these somber and humble themes is believed to have influenced the young Vincent van Gogh.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500012980.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Jozef Israëls:

Jozef Israëls Girl with Basket, ca. 1850-1911 Etching
Jozef Israëls The Hearth, ca. 1883 Etching
Jozef Israëls The Mother, ca. 1850-1911 Etching on India paper
Charles Courtry after Jozef Israëls A Painter Etcher (Portrait of Jozef Israels), 19th century Etching
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