Isaac Israëls (1865 - 1934)

Bois de Boulogne

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Oil on canvas
59 x 42 cm (23 ¹/₄ x 16 ¹/₂ inches)
Signed lower right, Isaac Israels
Executed in 1904

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  • Provenance

    Collection of J.B. van Stolk, 's-Gravenhage, 1906
    Collection of W.C. Mees, Wassenaar
    Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 13th November 1960, no. 273 (Titled "Twee Lezende Meisjes")
    Kunsthandel G.K. Scherpel, Bussum/'s-Gravenhage
    B. de Geus van den Heuvel, Nieuwersluis
    Art and Antiques Group (AAG), Amsterdam, 28th April 1999
    Private Collection, London

  • Exhibitions

    Laren, Singer Museum, Keuze uit de Collectie B. de Geus, 1967, no. 83 (Titled, "Twee Lezende Meisjes in een Parijs Park, Bois de Boulogne")
    's-Gravenhage, Pulchri Studio, Isaac Israels en Tijdgenoten, 21st September 1980

  • Literature

    H.P. Bremmer, Isaac Israels, Moderne Kunstwerken, 1906, no. 4 (no. 40, afb. 5)
    H. H. Reisel, Isaac Israels, Portret van een Hollandsche Impressionist, 1967, p. 8

  • Description

    Isaac Israëls, a leading Dutch Impressionist, has become world-renowned for his ability to render life through neutral tones and loose, uninhibited marks- with Bois de Boulogne proving to be no exception. Located just outside of Paris, Bois de Boulogne was a favourite of Israëls, and he often enjoyed depicting the locals relishing in pastimes, surrounded by friends or family. This painting, executed in 1904, offers a glimpse into urban life at the beginning of the twentieth century, a period of drastic change across Europe. As both a top example of Impressionist painting and a historical snapshot, Bois de Boulogne is a special piece in Israëls' oeuvre. His work can be found in international collections throughout Europe as well as in North America. Museums across the Netherlands house Israëls' work in their permanent collections, with the Rijksmuseum in particualr, boasting a fine selction of his paintings. 

    This original painting by Isaac Israëls is available for immediate purchase.

Artist's Biography

Dutch-Jewish painter Isaac Israëls was the son of distinguished Hague School artist Jozef Israëls and studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and the State Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam.

At the age of sixteen Isaac sold his first painting to the famous Dutch collector Hendrik Willem Mesdag and began to exhibit with his father at the official Salon des Artistes Francais in Paris. He enjoyed spending summers with his father at the seaside resort of Scheveningen near The Hague where his father’s guests often included Édouard Manet. Influenced by the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Edgar Degas, and a lifelong friend of the Impressionist painter George Hendrik Breitner with whom he lived and painted the streets of Amsterdam, Isaac became associated with the Dutch avant-garde Tachtigers group of artists and writers.

Living in Paris and London during the Edwardian period, Israëls returned to The Netherlands during the First World War and primarily became a portraitist. One of his most famous sitters was the famous Dutch-German courtesan and spy, Mata Hari (executed in France in 1917), now held at the Kröller-Müller Museum at Otterlo in The Netherlands

Israëls travelled widely across Europe, India and South East Asian during the 1920s and 1930s. Notable are the sketches he produced of Balinese gamelan players in the former Dutch East Indies. He even won the Gold Medal in the 1928 Olympic Games for his painting Red Rider. His paintings and sketches, held in several international private collections, were most recently showcased in an acclaimed 2012 exhibition at the City Archive of Amsterdam.


Isaac Israëls Isaac Israëls (1865 - 1934)