Etching on wove paper, probably Japanese paper, with blind stamp
498 x 391 mm
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 for fishing 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. Israels 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.