“â€¦â€¦ ISRAELS (probably Joseph)
Joseph studied art in Groningen under local masters, then at the age of 22 went to Amsterdam and entered the studio of Cornelis Kruseman and quickly responded to the classical influences then predominating. He went to Paris and studied under Picop, Vernet and Delaroche. Here he felt the full positive influence of the romantic school. From Paris Joseph returned to Amsterdam and painted historic scenes, but achieved little success in this field. He turned for subjects to the peasantry and began to paint the homely scenes which have since made him famous. He later interpreted the life of Dutch fishermen attaining extreme realism.
In Paris and Munich Joseph received several medals in recognition of his work, and was decorated with the Legion of Honor in 1867. The Order of Leopold was conferred upon him by the King of the Belgiums.
This is a lovely painting portraying the happy side of peasant life.
Indistinctly signed and dated 75