Isaac Lazarus Israëls (3 Feb. 1865 – 7 Oct. 1934); Dutch painter associated with the Amsterdam Impressionism movement.

Son of Jozef Israëls, one of the most respected painters of the Hague School, and Aleida Schaap, Isaac Israëls displayed precocious artistic talent from an early age.

Between 1880-82 he studied at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.... In 1881, at 16, he sold a painting, Bugle Practice, even before it was finished...Two portraits he made in the same year of his grandmother and a family friend, Nannette Enthoven, attest the technical ability he had attained by that age....

Beginning 1886, Israëls lived in Amsterdam and registered with Breitner at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts to complete his schooling. Both of them, however, quickly abandoned the academy for the more progressive circle of the Tachtigers, an influential group of writers and artists of the time. This group that insisted style must reflect content and that emotionally charged subjects can only be represented by an equally intense technique.

...At 63, he won a Gold Medal at the 1928 Olympic Games for his painting Red Rider, an art competition then being part of the games.

He died in The Hague on 7 Oct. 1934, aged 70, as a result of a street accident a few days before.

...On 26 April 2005, one of his Donkey riding on the Beach series realized €482,400 at Christie's, Amsterdam. The sale example was almost identical to the one in the Rijksmuseum, but larger and a little more delicate in tone.

His friend, Frans Erens, characterized Isaac as a good and righteous man, who could not hurt anyone, did not like formality and conventions and always sought the "real" in everything. He lived a quiet and frugal life - and was easily hurt; he was a Jew and of short stature - and often difficult for family and friends to fathom. He thereby made a reserved impression.
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