• Impressionist and Modern Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2828

    Impressionist and Modern Art

    17 November 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 46

    Isaac Israels (1865-1934)

    Before the performance, Scala Theatre, The Hague

    Price Realised  


    Isaac Israels (1865-1934)
    Before the performance, Scala Theatre, The Hague
    signed 'Isaac Israels' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    57 x 44.5 cm.

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    The world of entertainment was a source of inspiration for Isaac
    Israels and in the last phase of his life, after returning from Paris
    to settle in The Hague, he made a series of works in the popular Scala Theatre, which was located at the Wagenstraat. Here he could sit
    undisturbed between the wings and in the dressing rooms and depict the showgirls putting on their attire. The girl depicted in the present lot is almost ready for her performance; she is in her pink show costume
    and putting on make-up to complete her look. Israels often didn't
    emphasize the glitter and glamour of this world, but chose the other
    side of the presumably glamorous lifestyle behind the scenes.

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    Anonymous sale, Christie's, Amsterdam, 26 April 1983, lot 93.