Israels, I. | ‘Carmen’

Isaac Lazarus (‘Isaac’) Israels

Dutch, Amsterdam 1865 – 1934 The Hague


Oil on canvas  91 x 71.5 cm

Signed lower right ‘ISAAC ISRAELS’


Collection Jan Michiel Pieter Glerum, Amsterdam, ca. 1918
Sale Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 28 February 1933, lot 110, as ‘Carmencita’
Collection Mrs Liesbeth Schokking-Ribbius Peletier, Doorn (ca. 1965)
Sale Mak van Waay, 15 April 1975, lot 61, as ‘Portret van een jonge vrouw met bloemen in het haar gestoken, staande voor een schilderij’
Kunsthandel Rueb, Amsterdam, 2008
Private Collection, The Netherlands

Laren, Singermuseum, Isaac Israels: de schilder 1865-1934, een eeuw na zijn geboorte, 3 July – 12 September 1965, no. 92, as ‘Carmen’
Den Haag, Gemeentemuseum, Jozef en Isaac Israëls: Vader & Zoon, 20 September 2008 – 8 February 2009, as ‘Carmen’


Carmen Dauset Moreno (‘Carmencita’) 1868 – 1910
Carmencita was a famous Flamenco dancer. She was born in Almerià, Spain. Her professional career began in Malaga, 1880, at the Teatro Cervantes. She made large tours throughout Spain and Portugal and also frequently danced in Paris.

During the World’s Fair in 1889 she was discovered at the Nouveau Cirque by a theatre agent, who subsequently introduced her to the great American public. Carmencita’s debut in New York became a resounding success. In addition, she was asked by many great American painters to pose for them. This is how she met John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase, who both painted life size portraits of her. Apart from New York, Carmencita also performed throughout the country. In March of 1894, William K.L. Dickson and Thomas Edison created a short film about her. Carmencita supposedly was the first woman to ever appear in an American film. In December of 1894, Carmencita decided to return to Europe.

From about 1895 onwards, Carmencita frequently performed at the Théatre des Nouveautés in Paris. It is likely in this city, that Isaac Israels would have first seen her. As an artist, Israels lived and worked abroad often. Between 1903 and 1920, he owned his own studio in Paris. Apart from portraits, Israels mainly painted figures in cafes, the park, or the busy streets of Paris. Between 1913 and 1914, Israels also worked in London, however, given that Carmencita passed away in 1910, this work must have been painted in Paris.


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