Josef Israels Dutch 1824 - 1911
Born in Groningen, Holland, in 1824, Josef Israels was brought up in the traditions of the Jewish faith and destined for the rabbinate. His interest in drawing grew stronger with age however, and in 1840 his father finally relented, sending him to Amsterdam. There he spent his days working in the studio of Jan Kruseman and his evenings painting at the Royal Academy under Jan Pieneman, both leading portrait painters. In Paris, Israels studied a short time with the historical painter Francois Picot and also at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
It was however, the humble fisher-folk of Zandboort, a remote village on the northern coast of Holla
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