19 December 1999 - 5 March 2000
International oeuvre exhibitions of Jozef Israels in Amsterdam
and Groningen A joint project by Jewish Historical Museum
and Groninger Museum
Groninger Museum and Amsterdams Jewish Historical Museum
jointly present two major exhibitions of the work of Jozef
Israels (1824-1911) from 17 December.
Overview in Groninger Museum
Groninger Museum presents a survey of work featuring the various
techniques that Israels employed. Oil paintings, watercolours,
drawings and etchings are presented in chronological order. The
genres and themes featured include portraits and historical paintings,
scenes of fishermen and peasants, interiors and Jewish characters.
For the first time, a number of major works will be brought together
from public and private collections abroad.
Together with the principal works in Dutch collections, this
selection represents the basis on which Israels built his international
reputation in the 1 9th century.
The purpose of the show is twofold: on the one hand, to present
the artistic development of the painter; on the other, to introduce
the public to the artists most celebrated works.
Jewish environment in the Jewish Historical Museum
This thematic exhibition focuses in depth on Israels as an artist
in the context of Jewish emancipation in the Netherlands. The
show examines the Jewish background in which he grew up, and
how he developed from here. The exhibition also investigates
the circles in which he mixed and why he explored certain themes
towards the end of his career. Included in the presentation are
paintings, watercolours, as well as etchings, drawings, photos,
books and documents. Israels will also be on show from Israel:
works from private collections in Israel.
The exhibitions are accompanied by a 288-page joint oeuvre
catalogue with 285 illustrations edited by Dieuwertje Dekkers.