Jozef Israëls, born in 1824, was a Dutch Realist painter and is considered to be one of the most respected Dutch artists of the second half of the nineteenth century.
He studied in Amsterdam and Paris and began his career as a portrait and historical painter, but in the 1850s - while recuperating from an illness in the Dutch fishing village of Zandvoort - he was appalled by the tragic lot of the fishermen and their families. His sober, restrained paintings depicting life in the fishing village earned him international fame. Critics compared his impasto brushwork, his warm colours and his use of chiaroscuro with the work of Rembrandt.
Image: Children of the Sea by Jozef Israëls, 1872, courtesy Rijksmuseum