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PROPERTY FROM A DUTCH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Isaac Israels
DUTCH
THE MILLINERS' WORKSHOP
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM A DUTCH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Isaac Israels
DUTCH
THE MILLINERS' WORKSHOP
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Paintings

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Isaac Israels
1865 - 1934
DUTCH
THE MILLINERS' WORKSHOP

Provenance

Estate of the artist (sale: Frederik Muller & Co, Atelier Isaac Israels: schilderijen, aquarellen en teekeningen, 2 April 1935, lot 77 (as Hoedenmaaksters))
Acquired by the father of the present owner in the late 1970s, thence by descent

Exhibited

The Hague, Gemeentemuseum, Isaac Israels in de mode, 2002-03

Literature

Ietse Meij, Isaac Israels: Mannequins en mode, Wijk en Aalburg, 2002, p. 31, catalogued & illustrated (as Hoedenatelier; with incorrect dimensions of 34.5 by 60.5cm)

Catalogue Note

Painted circa 1902-03.

In 1900, thanks to an introduction from the society portrait painter Thérèse Schwartze (1852-1918), Israels became acquainted with the directors of the fashion house Hirsch & Cie. Situated prominently on Amsterdam's Leidseplein, the opening of the store in the Dutch capital in 1882 introduced French haute couture to the city. Israels' timing was perfect, coinciding with highly successful years for the fashion house as demand rose and business boomed. He had access to all areas of the business, from fashion shows and sewing studios to the fitting rooms.

Here Israels combines studied observation of the elegant girls' dextrous labour with particularly bold, rapid brushstrokes in the lower half of the composition. The forms of several hats and the draped fabric are just visible on the table in the almost abstracted, gestural broad sweeps of paint. Behind them a stylised poster shows designs for the latest fashions.

Another work by Israels in a private collection, illustrated in Anna Wagner's 1985 monograph, depicts a girl trying on a hat in what appears to be the same studio.

19th Century European Paintings

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