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Jozef Israels : “Children of the Sea” (1872)

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While recovering from illness at the fishing town of Zandvoort, near Haarlem, Jozef Israëls witnessed such tragic poverty that he abandoned romanticism, adopting a sorrowful, realist style, akin that of the French painter Jean-François Millet. Implicit in this depiction of ragged children playing by the seaside is a future filled with hardship and woe. The Rijksmuseum observes that already “the eldest boy carries the weight of the family on his shoulders.” The painting’s muted palette is characteristic of the Hague School, of which Israëls was a leading member.

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