About this artwork

This picture is thought to have been painted near the Dutch seaside town of Scheveningen (now a sub-district of The Hague). Israëls shows a young girl, probably daughter of one of the local fisherman, paddling in the sea and playing with a toy sail boat. In the background, a real fishing boat (‘bomschuiten’) sails across the horizon. The motif of children playing runs throughout Israëls’ work. He focuses on the innocence of their activities, often contrasted with the harsh lives of their working parents. Pictures such as this had a strong influence on the work of the Scottish painter William McTaggart. The two artists met when McTaggart visited Israëls at The Hague during a short tour of Europe in 1882.

  • artist:
  • title:
    A Sea Urchin
  • date created:
    about 1880
  • materials:
    Oil on panel
  • measurements:
    25.40 x 19.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequest of Hugh A Laird 1911
  • accession number:
    NG 1061
  • gallery:
  • subject:

Josef Israëls

Josef Israëls