(Groningen 1824 – The Hague 1911)
Fishermen in Zandvoort
Oil on panel, 29.7 x 47.4 cm
Label annotated Evening by Josef Israels van Aitken Dott & Son, Edinburgh
– The Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott & Son, Edinburgh
– Collection Prof. Dr. J.F.S. Esser (acquired before 1910)
– Auction Christie’s London, 27 November 1984, lot 114
– Private collection
– Auction Christie’s Amsterdam, 14 October 2008, lot 165
– Collection W.P. Janssen, Amsterdam
– De Prins der geïllustreerde bladen, 25 February 1911 (ill.)
– J.E. Phythian, Jozef Israëls, London, 1912, page 46 (ill.)
– M. Jonkman & J. de Raad, De onstuitbare verzamelaar J.F.S. Esser, Mondriaan, Breitner, Sluijters e.a., Zwolle/Laren, 2005, page 32-33 (ill.)
– W.P. Janssen, Besser für Esser, in: Een Half Dozijn Plezier in Kunst, Harlingen, 2010, page 17 (ill.)
The buyer of this lot will receive the latter publication, signed by the author.
Prof. Dr. J.F.S. Esser was a Dutch art collector who, primarily in the period 1906 – 1912, formed an art collection and was an important factor in the careers of Jan Sluijters, Leo Gestel and Piet Mondriaan, but also that of Jozef Israëls.
Daily hundreds of fishermen, including their wifes and children, would walk the long distance from the beach to the city of Haarlem carrying many kilo’s of fishs. At the ‘kousenpaal’ (stockings post) in the town of Zandvoort they would remove their shoes or clogs and would proceed barefoot with their heavy load through the loose sand of the dunes. At the ‘De Blinkert’ and the old inn ‘Kraantje Lek’ they would rest, after which the shoes were put back on to walk the paved road to Haarlem. There the women and children would peddle their ware or sell it at the fish market.