[Groninger Museum]


Jozef Israëls

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.