J. (JOZEF) ISRAELS
1824 Groningen - 1911 Den Haag
Jozef Israëls started painting at the age of eleven. He went to Amsterdam to study and travelled to France and Germany. Despite his training, Israëls did not devote his career to painting historical scenes. While recuperating from an illness at the Dutch fishing village of Zandvoort, he was appalled by the tragic lot of the fishermen and their families. His sober, restrained paintings depicting life in the fishing village earned him international fame.