86. Isaac Israels

Isaac Israels
Passanten op de Leliegracht te Amsterdam (Passers-by on the Leliegracht in Amsterdam) (c. 1894)
Signed lower right
Black chalk on paper, 41.2 x 43.3 cm
– Collection J.F.S. Esser, Amsterdam
– Collection Jan van Heel, The Hague
– Auction Christie’s, Amsterdam, 8 February 1996, lot 476
– Simonis & Buunk Kunsthandel, Ede, 1997
– Private collection, the Netherlands
– A. Wagner, Isaac Israels Beeldende Kunst en Bouwkunst in Nederland, 1969, no. 7 (ill.)
– S. de Bodt, J. Kapelle, e.a., Isaac Israels – Hollands Impressionist, Scriptum Art, Schiedam, 1999, p.18, no. 17 (ill.)
– Groninger Museum, Isaac Israels, March – April 1956, cat.no. 65
– Kunsthal Rotterdam, Isaac Israels – Hollands Impressionist, 4 September 1999 – 9 January 2000
Registered at the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague under number 64414.

In 1887, Isaac Israels moved to Amsterdam, where he was at the centre of the Tachtigers (Eighties Movement) of writers and painters. He became one of the leading representatives of the Impressionists who were living in Amsterdam. Among his friends were George Hendrik Breitner, Lodewijk van Deyssel, Frans Erens, Max Liebermann, Jan Pieter Veth, and Jan Voerman. The quickly developing city of Amsterdam, with its half a million inhabitants, new infrastructure, and impressive building projects, provided the artist with an inspiring range of everyday life subject matter. He painted or drew the busy urban life that was played out in the capital’s shopping streets, coffee houses, and café chantants.

In spontaneous brushstrokes with subtle colour accents, or, as can be seen in this work on offer, with a few apt charcoal lines, he captured fragments of city life. In this drawing, Israels depicts the view of the Leliesluis (bridge 61) over the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, probably seen from Prinsengracht 122.
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