“The Children of the Sea”

1872 Oil on canvas

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

This charming scene carries a message. The children of a fisherman, with their rags and their derisory toys, give us a glimpse of their future. The elder carries the weight of the family on his shoulders, and the small boat represents the rigors of life at sea. Jozef Israels painted This topic for the first in 1863. It became very popular and the artist then repeated it often.  Jozef Israel enjoys the world with a huge reputation. His favorite themes were the work of the sea-men and the beach scenes


Quick biography:

Jozef Israëles, born on 27 January 1824 in Groningen in a Jewish family and died in The Hague on 10 August 1911, is a Dutch realist painter and printmaker.

His parents wanted him to become a rabbi. A religious education and Talmudic studies, begun at a young age, deeply marked his intellectual and spiritual development.

Very young, he follows the courses of J.J.G. Van Wicheren and C.B. Buys at the Design Academy Minerva in Groningen and Dice 1840 he is an apprentice to the portrait artist Jan Adam Krusemann, also working with Jan Willem Pienemann and the sculptor Royer.

Arriving in Paris in 1845, Jozef Israëles became the pupil of Paul Delaroche, Horace Vernet and James Pradier, his true master being François-Edouard Picot.

Back in the Netherlands, he devoted himself to Dutch history with works mixing historical details and individual psychological detail. Set in 1855 in Zandvoort, its sober paintings depicting life in a fishing village are worth an international reputation.

He is one of the members of The Hague school.

It illustrates a vein of social realism by concentrating mainly on the disinherited of the Amsterdam ghetto, and his work is particularly imbued with a certain atmosphere of misfortune.

J. Isräels is often compared to the French painter Jean-François Millet.


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