Isaac Israels (Dutch, 1865-1934) Young boy on a beach
Lot 59*
Isaac Israels
(Dutch, 1865-1934)
Young boy on a beach
£ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 28,000 - 42,000

Lot Details
Isaac Israels (Dutch, 1865-1934)
Young boy on a beach
oil on canvas
49.5 x 30cm (19 1/2 x 11 13/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    B.J. Ouëndag; thence by direct descent
    A.J.G. Strengholt collection; thence by direct descent
    Private collection, Canada


    Israels' beach scenes conjure the nostalgia of childhood summer holidays and familiar seaside views. His father, Jozef Israëls (1824-1911), often took him to the beach at Scheveningen during the summer months of his youth, where they would paint together with Max Liebermann (1847-1935), and it was here that Israels first became captivated by the play of light on the sea and the changing colours. He travelled widely during his lifetime, and painted many seaside compositions in The Netherlands, Italy and the French Riviera, sometimes painting from a distance and other times asking members of the public to pose for him.

    Dressed in summery pastel colours, the young boy in the present lots faces directly out to the viewer, slightly squinting in the sunlight as he stands at the water's edge. The simple composition and candid pose of the boy reflects the uncomplicated innocence of childhood. Israels' cropped composition gives a strong sense of immediacy, a spontaneously captured moment in time on a busy beach.
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