Lot 139
Old Masters, Nineteenth Century & Early Modern Art | 18 May 2022
Isaac Israels (1865-1934)

A sunny day in the Bois de Boulogne

signed 'Isaac/Israels' (lower right)

oil on canvas, 36x47 cm
Painted circa 1903-1907.

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-Tableau, 8 April 1986, Advertisement for the auction of Sotheby Mak van Waay of 14 April 1986.

-Auction, Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 27 February 1968, lot 239, with ill. (Sold for: 7,000 Dfl.).
-Auction, Sotheby Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 14 April 1986, lot. 92, with ill. (Sold for: 78,200 Dfl.).
-With Kunsthandel Fijnaut & Paol Fine Art, Amsterdam.
-Private collection, Blaricum.
-Private collection, the Netherlands.

Paris has fascinated many artists during the nineteenth century. By the turn of the twentieth century the French capital had become the modern city ‘par excellence’ on the continent and attracted many a painter to its wide boulevards, fashionable ladies and buzzing nightlife. This must have been music to the ears of Isaac Israels. The Dutch painter strived to capture modern life and everything that comes with it. Between 1903 and 1913 Israels lived in Paris to paint its bustling life. During this time he painted numerous different subjects such as beautiful ‘Midinettes’ strolling through the streets, dancing couples in café-chantants, stylish ladies looking down from their balconies and reposing scenes in the park.
This French period can be regarded as the most creative and appealing in the oeuvre of the artist and Israels was also very successful at the time. Most of his works were sold in the Netherlands and were well received by various art critics. A reporter of the NRC described Israels’ French work as ‘impressief impressionisme […], al het contemplatieve is hier verbannen, de drang naar het opene blijde daglicht berheerscht alles […]’. Israels’ paintings depicting the Bois de Boulogne are beautiful examples of this bright and ‘open’ impressionism.
The Bois de Boulogne, a large park to the west of the city, was an oasis of green and tranquillity for many Parisians. During their off-time it was a refuge where they could escape from the busy brick life of the capital and wherever the modern beau monde went, Israels was nearby. Evidentially the Bois de Boulogne became one the artist’s favourite subjects.
The present lot is a beautiful example of the artist’s talent to capture the essence of everyday life. A family is chatting in the grass, while the young daughter in her blue dress seems to be less interested in the conversation but luckily has her doll to play with. Another man is taking a nap on the field, folding his hands to make a cushion. In the background we see numerous other parties enjoying the sun on the banks of a small lake. The colourful green palette used in this scene contrasts profoundly with the fashionable black clothing of the figures. The subtle white and yellow tones balance out the composition. With rapid but striking strokes of his brush, drawing in oil paint, the artist displays a nonchalant day in the park. Israels invites us to go on the grass, to take a rest and enjoy the beauty of a sunny day in the Bois de Boulogne.

Saskia de Bodt, Jeroen Kapelle a.o., ‘Isaac Israels: Hollands Impressionist’, Schiedam 1999.

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€ 72.000,00

Hamerprijs: € 72.000