Jozef Israels (1824-1911) came from a simple Jewish environment. From the age of eleven he studied painting and drawing classes at the Academy Minerva Groningen. In 1842 he moved to Amsterdam to take lessons from the leading painters Jan Adam Kruseman and Jan Willem Pieneman. During a stay in Paris proficient Israel further into the academic painting. He then traveled to Germany to the German romantics.
Despite his training Israel has no history painter. During recovery from an illness in the fishing town of Zandvoort he was touched by the tragedy of the simple life of the fishermen. He became internationally known for his paintings in which the fisher men were sober and restrained displayed. Israel 'pasty brushstroke, its warm color ones or use of chiaroscuro effects were compared with those of Rembrandt. Israel led many students, including his son Isaac.
(Source Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)