Isaac Lazarus Israels
"De beurs van Londen 1913-1915"
Amsterdam 1865- 1934 The Hague
THE STOCK EXCHANGE, LONDON 1913-1915
Oil on canvas,
100 x 69,5 cm
Signed: lower left 'Isaac Israels'
Provenance: Private collection, The Netherlands; Van Voorst van Beest Gallery, The Hague 1989; collection Mevr. M. Muntendam-Isebree Moens, The Hague 1964.
Literature: A. Wagner, Isaac Israels, Amsterdam 1969, p.93; D. Welling, Isaac Israels: The sunny world of a Hague Cosmopolitan, Van Voorst van Beest Gallery, The Hague 1991, p. 29.
After a long stay in Paris, Israels left for London in the spring of 1913. He rented a studio on Fitzroy Street and stayed at the Morley's Hotel on Trafalgar Square. Israels stayed here until the autumn of 1914. He gets inspired in the English street scenes that he shows from a high perspective. Israels seemed to be found regularly on the upper deck of a bus in order to absorb the bustle of the streets in its entirety. This work from the London Stock Exchange shows Israel's interest and fascination with the pulsing city life. In addition, the traffic performances of the Regentstreet, the Ludgate Circus and the Piccadilly Circus are an extension of this theme within Israel's oeuvre.