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PROPERTY FROM A DUTCH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Isaac Israels
DUTCH
SEATED JAVANESE DANCERS
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 87,500 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM A DUTCH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Isaac Israels
DUTCH
SEATED JAVANESE DANCERS
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 87,500 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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Isaac Israels
1865 - 1934
DUTCH
SEATED JAVANESE DANCERS
signed Isaac Israels lower right
oil on canvas laid on panel
43 by 60.5cm., 17 by 23¾in.
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Provenance

A. J. W. Harloff, The Hague (by 1934)
Sale: Fred. A. van Braam, Amsterdam, 17 December 1946, lot 107
Acquired at the above sale by the family of the present owner; thence by descent

Exhibited

The Hague, Pulchri Studio, 1934, no. 62 (as Indische hofdanseressen)

Catalogue Note

The present work depicts a group of elegant Javanese dancers at rest. Behind them, hanging from a frame, are two gongs - part of the gamelan ensemble. Named for gamel (meaning 'hammer'), the hypnotic effects and distinctive sound of gamelan music enchanted western audiences, notably the composer Claude Debussy.

The darker palette of this work suggests it was likely painted circa 1916 before Israels' journey to the Dutch East Indies, when he was in close contact with Indonesians in the Netherlands.

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