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ID number:  BIRBI-2001.9
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Israels, Jozef (1824-1911)
Title / Object name:  The fisherman
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  about 1883
Materials:  Etching on wove paper, probably Japanese paper, with blind stamp.
Measurements:  498 x 391 mm
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Almost identical to an oil painting of about 1883 entitled The Fisherman or The Struggle for Existence, this etching portrays a man with his sleeves and trouser legs rolled up fishing for salmon. The work focuses on the fisherman rather than the landscape he inhabits. As such, it is a study of humanity and the struggle to survive rather than a topographical view of a river. Israëls trained and worked in Paris and his works depict scenes of rural Dutch communities with the truth and objectivity of French Realist artists like Millet and Courbet.

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