Jozef Israels (Dutch, 1824-1911)
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Jozef Israels (Dutch, 1824-1911)

Genoveva: a legendary beauty in the forest

Details
Jozef Israels (Dutch, 1824-1911)
Genoveva: a legendary beauty in the forest
signed 'Israels.' (lower right)
oil on panel
41 x 53 cm.
Painted circa 1851-1852.
Provenance
Mr J.L. Muyser, 1869.
Anonymous sale, The Hague, 1869 (sold for f. 200).
F. Baron Aylva van Pallandt.
Anonymous sale, Christie's, Amsterdam, 21 April 1993, lot 241a, where acquired by the present owner.
Literature
A. Plasschaert, Jozef Israels; korte eenvoudig gehouden biografie en karakteriseering, Amsterdam 1923, p. 17.
Dieuwertje Dekkers, Jozef Israëls; 1824-1911, Zwolle 1999, cat. no. 7a, p. 130, as: Genoveva (dated circa 1852).
Exhibited
Amsterdam, Tentoonstelling van Levende Meesters, 1852, cat.no. 219, as: Genoveva (sold for f. 250).
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Lot Essay

In his unpublished notes C. Vosmaer wrote about the present lot as follows: 'Zeer mooi, romp goed getekend en met smaak, goud en rozig van kleur, met goud blond haar, komt rijk (...) sappig groen uit; dat rechts geheel behandeld is als in Rembr: Susanne. Het geheel is op deze geinspireerd: sappig, rijk van toon: mooi'. Vosmaer also made a pencil drawing similar to the present composition (see: C. Vosmaer, Onze Hedendaagse Schilders, 1881).

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