Lot 50
Indonesian Art Sale | 18 November 2020
Isaac Israels (1865-1934)

A seated Javanese dancer in front of a gamelan player, Nyai Tumenggung Mardoesari

signed ‘Isaac Israels’ (lower right)

oil on canvas, 50x35 cm

-Dordrechts Museum, ‘Isaac Israels’, 26 May-29 July 1985, no. 68, as: 'Danseresje en Gamelan'.
-Kunstgalerij Albricht, Arnhem, ‘Vrouwelijk Schoon in de Schilderkunst’, 8 December 1985-5 January 1986.

-Anna Wagner, ‘Isaac Israels’, Amsterdam 1969, p. 135, ill. 175.
-J.P. Glerum, 'De Indische Israëls', ill. p. 95.

-With Kunsthandel Buffa&Fils, Amsterdam.
-With Kunsthandel G.J. Nieuwenhuizen Segaar, The Hague.
-Collection W.J. van Aarsen, Heemstede -With Kunstgalerij Albricht, Arnhem.
-Private collection, the Netherlands.

The Indonesian Israels

His first introduction to the Dutch East Indies culture began in 1898 during the National Exhibition of Women's Employment in the Hague on the occasion of the inauguration of Queen Wilhelmina. An important part of the exhibition hall was dedicated to ‘Kampong Insulinde’ where the visitors could get an impression of life in Indonesia. The Javanese dances and sounds, together with Indonesian aromas and flavours made an unforgettable impression on the artist.

In 1916, during two ‘Indonesian Charity Balls’, where Queen Wilhelmina and Prince Hendrik were also in attendance, Israels saw performances of Javanese dance and music taking place conducted by Indonesian students in the Netherlands.

It took until October 1921 before Israels went to Indonesia; he feared the long voyage, the seasickness, the heat and stench of Batavia, thus delaying the journey for a long time. After a journey of five weeks, he arrived in Batavia on December 2nd 1921. On recommendation of his friend, Raden Mas Jodjana, related to the Prince of Yogya, Israels was granted permission to paint in the Kraton of Mankoenegara VII of Solo (Surakarta). In 1922 he stayed at the Court for several weeks with intermittent intervals where he probably made painted the Javanese dancer and the watercolour with the gamelan orchestra (lot 49).

Isaac Israels’ paintings that he produced in 1922 on Bali and in particular in Java were exhibited at the beginning of October 1922 in the Batavian Fine Art Society. The exhibition where paintings and watercolours were shown, were extremely well received as ‘the most important collection that we have seen for years’.

The sitting dancer in our painting is with every touch of the brush convincingly illustrated. Here sits a beautiful young woman, with a somewhat haughty tenderness and a shy disposition. The statement of the reviewers regarding the portraits of the Javanese is also relevant for the dancers because, ‘ their distinctive, impassive faces, we do not find a random state of mind of a single person but see the character of an entire race’.

The reviewer continues to praise Israels as an ‘artist from the moment who endeavours to move forward in order to change the mood and reflect it on the face to capture the changing and facial expressions and moods'.

Isaac Israels, the master of the moment describes his impressionistic way of working method itself as ‘drawing with oil paint’. He lays his impressions immediately in oil paint, and whether they are Scheveningen fishing girls, mannequins or Kraton princesses, mankind with all its variations, these characters are masterfully captured both in The Netherlands and in the former Dutch East Indies.

Lukisan penari wanita Langendriyan Mangkunegaran hasil karya pelukis Belanda : Isaac Israels. Kemungkinan dilukis di saat Isaac Israels menetap di Puro Mangkunegaran Surakarta di th 1922 untuk bekerja sebagai pelukis istana di saat pemerintahan K.G.P.A.A.Mangkoenagoro VII. Penari duduk bersila di depan gamelan instrument bonang, bagian dari gamelan pusaka Kangjeng Kyai Kanyut Mesem, mengenakan busana mekak, kain batik, sampur, mahkota, badhong (sayap di punggung) serta perhiasan tari lainnya & yg menjadi model lukisan kemungkinan adalah seniwati serbabisa : Nyai Tumenggung Mardoesari alias Djaikem, selir kesayangan K.G.P.A.A.Mangkoenagoro VII yg mengabdi di Puro Mangkunegaran mulai th 1920. Lukisan berukuran 50x35 cm ini akan dilelang dg perkiraan harga antara €30.000 - €40.0000 (kuranglebih Rp.660.000.000) di Indonesian Art Sale Venduehuis Den Haag pada 18 November mendatang.

€ 30.000,00
€ 40.000,00
€ 46.000,00

Hamerprijs: € 46.000