Israëls work was mostly landscapes, but he had a tremendous ability for capturing the most fragile and beautiful features of human suffering and had a particular affinity for the working poor. This painting poignantly shows the grieving widow of a fisherman the day before her husband’s funeral.
Grief is a universal response to the loss of a beloved. But in our times it has become poorly articulated thanks to the alienating culture of consumerism and mass media. Regardless of this, artists from all generations are drawn to its depicting its expression and honouring the role it has in deepening our experience of love and grace, and its unmatched transformative power.
Kenn Orphan 2017
Dedicated to the memory of my aunt, Elizabeth “Betty” Orphan (4th July, 1927-2nd August, 2017). You were a star to me, once on earth, now in the sky. I will always remember the spark you had for living, your “New York” wit and humour, and your embrace of adventure. You will be deeply missed and forever loved.