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son of the cultivated and sophisticated painter Jozef Israels, Isaac
Israels developed an interest in literature, travel and painting as a
child. Between 1878 and 1880 he studied at the academy in The Hague.
His special talent was obvious from an early age. In 1881, when he was
16, he painted a picture which was purchased even before it was
finished by the artist and collector Hendrik Willem Mesdag.
Apart from one or two extensive travels, from 1886 Israels lived in
Amsterdam. In that year he registered at the Amsterdam Academy of Art
to complete his schooling. However, he only stayed for the one year as
there was not much more they could teach him. Israels often spent the
summer months with his father in Scheveningen. Fascinated by the
changeable light of sun and sea, he painted many colourful seaside
In Amsterdam Israels was a close friend of George Hendrik Breitner.
The two artists tried to capture the fleeting moments of everyday life
in the Dutch capital. To obtain that 'snapshot' feeling, they used
abruptly truncated figures. Between 1903 and 1923 Israels spent most of
his time in Paris and London.
In 1923 he returned to his parent's home
in The Hague, where his father's old studio became his new workplace.
There, until his death, he produced his impressionist paintings with
their bright and brilliant colours. (source: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)
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