The Joy of Motherhood

Jozef Israëls
Romijn Art
Photogravure after a painting by Jozef Israëls titled 'The Joy of Motherhood (Moederweelde)' (1890 painting at Rijksmuseum The Netherlands SK-A-2597). This impressive photogravure is marked with numer 29 as part of the original portfolio with 50 photogravures of world-famous paintings by Jozef Israëls published by Gebr. E.M. Cohen Amsterdam and printed by Meissenbach & Riffarth Berlin in 1904. In an interior a young mother sits at a table by the window mending clothes. On her lap is a sleeping child at her knees is a boy watching some chickens scurry across the floor. A village can be seen through the window in the distance. Photogravure is the term for a photomechanical process of printmaking in which a photographic image is transferred to a metal plate that is then printed in intaglio. Paper produced especially for this publication is watermarked "Jozef Israëls/ Uitgave van Gebrs. E & M Cohen/ Van Gelder Zonen". The publishing house was established by members of Dutch bookselling and publishing dynasty initially based in Arnhem and Nijmegen. The family was Jewish and the firm was liquidated following the rise of Nazism. Handmade frame to fit this unique work of art. As standar
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