(b. 1824, Groningen, d. 1911, Scheveningen)

We Grow Old

Oil on canvas, 160 x 101 cm
Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

In 1871 a number of painters settled in the Hague. Their joint exhibition at the Academy of Art there in 1875 marked the birth of the Hague School. The Hague painters, in freeing their brushwork and establishing a more intense relation with Nature, cited their great Dutch predecessors. The artists had largely contended themselves with seascapes and views in the idyllic region around The Hague and Scheveningen. They also painted tranquil interiors and genre pieces. Israëls - along with Mauve, the brothers Maris, Roelofs and Weissenbruch - was the foremost representative of this line.