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07 March 2020'BREITNER vs ISRAELS/ Friends and Rivals' - Kunstmuseum, The Hague - Fully Booked
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'BREITNER vs ISRAELS/ Friends and Rivals' - Kunstmuseum, The Hague - Fully Booked Kunstmuseum, The Hague - Meet up @ 10.45 Saturday 07 March 2020


Have you ever been to an artistic boxing match?  Well if not this is your chance!

George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923) and Isaac Israels (1865-1934) ) managed to establish a lifelong mutual rivalry while remaining friends most of that time:  they admired, inspired and envied each other throughout their careers.  And this constant competition spurred them on to achieve great heights in their artistic development.

Coming from different social classes had its advantages and disadvantages for both of them. Isaac´s father was the famous painter Jozef Israels.  He started painting early and made quite an impression with his faultless technique; at the age of 16 he was considered the “Crown Prince” to Dutch painting. 

Breitner was seven years his senior and worked as an office clerk.  He chose the uncertain life of an artist and, while considered talented, was often criticised for his lack of technique and therefore jealous of the wunderkind Isaac.  Not only that; he also lacked female models from good families which for Isaac was not a problem.

Over the years the two friends/rivals stood on the shoulders of the painters of The Hague School, who caused a revolution in Dutch Painting around 1870 by introducing free brushwork and depicting daily life of men and women at the lower end of the social ladder. 

In Amsterdam where both artists ended up, they developed into the trendsetters of late 19th century Dutch painting and were the core of the first real avant-garde movement in the Netherlands. 

To find out more, join us on a guided tour in English – there are several round in a boxing match - our guide will be the very talented Benno Hillebrand – you might remember him from earlier outings.

    booking  Contact Bente Nielsen at
   deadline  28 FEB 20

    address  Kunstmuseum, Stadhouderslaan 41, 2517 HV  Den Haag
  date/time  Saturday, 07 MAR 20, @ 11.00 - meet up at museum @ 10.45

  tour cost  Members         EUR 12.50 (admission not included)
                  Non-members EUR 15.00 (admission not included)
admission  EUR 16.00, if purchased on-line (Free admission for holders of MJK, Rembrandt, & ICOM)

  payment  The Arts Society The Hague account NL90 INGB 0008 3198 36 - mentioning '07 MAR 20' and  full name(s) of the participant(s)

Please check with Bente for availability, before you transfer your payment to finalise your booking and secure your participation on the tour.

The Kustmuseum [formerly known as the Gemeente Museum] is located in The Hague and easily accessed via public transport.  See for times and stops.

The Arts Society does not accept any liability for any theft, accident, or damage that may occur to those participating in The Arts Society’s activities.