Children of the Sea was painted in 1872 by Jozef Israëls. Fishermen's children at play were very popular and Israëls painted dozens of variations for art lovers worldwide. One of these ended up in the Rijksmuseum, where it is a visitor's favourite. This sunny carefree scene is deceptive: the eldest son is already carrying an heavy load and the ship is still a toy, but in the future the boys will have to brave the dangers of the sea. The Rijksmuseum Series is an easy way to learn about the most important artworks and historical topics in the Rijksmuseum. Each lavishly illustrated volume introduces a work of art and places it in its (art) historical context. Ideal for anyone who wants to find out more on his favourite artwork in the museum, as a souvenir or gift.