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Title The Errand
Collection Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Artist IsraŽls, Jozef (Dutch artist, 1824-1911)
Date 1871
Signed yes
Description IsraŽls is considered the master of the modern Dutch School which revitalised Dutch art in the 19th century. Ill health caused the artist to move to Scheveningen, a small fishing village near Haarlem. Here IsraŽls observed the local people and gradually the focus of his art moved from traditional historical subjects to the lives of the poor community around him. He felt that everyday subjects were as poetic and heroic as historical ones although sometimes, as here, his art was more sentimental than heroic.
Current Accession Number ABDAG002384
Former Accession Number 01.1.90
Inscription front lr/lc 'Jozef Israels'
Subject everyday life; figure; marine
Measurements 48.7 x 73.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Alexander and Mrs Macdonald 1901.
Provenance Commissioned by Alexander Macdonald from the artist in 1870 and purchased on 27 July 1871 for £150.
Principal Exhibitions Aberdeen, 1873, cat. no.16.
Publications Apollo, vol. 72; Van de Poll, John, Josef Israels, unpublished dissertation, Cambridge University, 1996.
Rights Owner Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Author Jennifer Melville



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