157. Isaac Israels
(Amsterdam 1865 – The Hague 1934)
Dancing Women, Zeedijk in Amsterdam (c. 1894)
Signed lower left
Watercolour and black chalk on paper, 35.4 x 25.1 cm
Private collection, the Netherlands
This drawing is a proper example of the dynamic late nineteenth-century Amsterdam, captured in all its liveliness by Isaac Israels. In the 1890s, the Zeedijk consisted of an exuberant array of cafés and dance houses: the Zeedijk was the paradise of the passenger sailor, as well as women who enjoyed a night of dancing. Israels visited a dance house on the Zeedijk in 1892-1893, unfortunately the exact location cannot be traced. Israels made dozens of sketches, for example Two Dancing Women, Amsterdam that is part of the collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum (inv. no. KM 113.039). Most of the drawings show two dancing women in a stuffy basement with in the background some musicians.