January 9 2020

Press release Lecture “Breitner vs Israels” on February 18, 2020

Press release


Tuesday, February 18: lecture by art historian Birgitte Mommers “BREITNER VS ISRAELS, Friends and Rivals ” in Museum Slager

On Tuesday February 18, Birgitte Mommers will take care of Museum Slager a lecture about the famous Dutch painters George Hendrik Breitner and Isaac Israels from 9.30 am - 11.30 am. The reason for the lecture is the exhibition "BREITNER VS ISRAELS, Friends and Rivals", which can be seen from 1 February to 10 May in the Art Museum in The Hague.

Art historian Birgitte Mommers of Art en Leisure provides in Museum Slager regular lectures about exhibitions that can be seen elsewhere. In this lecture she talks about the differences and similarities in style and working method of Israels and Breitner. At the end of the 19e century, these two Amsterdam impressionists are among the most important figures in Dutch painting. The exhibition in The Hague shows the interaction between the two and the effect on their artistry.

The fact that Breitner and Israëls came into contact with each other was inevitable: both received their education in The Hague and then focused on military themes. They moved in the same art circles. Soon, Breitner jealousy rose when he noticed how the 8-year-old Israëls, son of the renowned painter Jozef Israëls, successfully made his entrance into the art world of The Hague. Israëls wanted to follow his own path and left for Amsterdam, where Breitner also arrived shortly thereafter. Here the older artist developed into a talented and sought-after painter of city life. Israëls, on the other hand, remained searching, but the influence of Breitner is evident in his style. In his letters he secretly confessed that the work of his fellow painter both inspired and intimidated him. The interaction pushed both painters to great heights.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020: 9.30 am - 11.30 am.

Starter: € 10,00 (including break consumption; Friends Museum Slager € 7,50).

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Museum Slager, Choorstraat 8, 5211 KZ 's-Hertogenbosch;

Opened Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 17:00 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 13:00 PM to 17:00 PM.

ACCESS PRICES: Admission € 8,50, including cup of coffee / tea; Children up to 12 years free; Children from 13-18 years € 3,50; Museum card and Icom card: free

Left: George Hendrik Breitner. Girl in red kimono (Geesje Kwak). Art Museum The Hague. Ca. 1893; Right: Isaac Israels. Two girls on the Lijnbaansgracht in Amsterdam. 1894 Groninger Museum


George Hendrik Breitner, De Waspit, c. 1893, Art Museum The Hague