Anton Mauve (1838 - 1888), c. 1881
oil on panel,
38.5 cm x 27.5 cm
Credits: The Mesdag Collection, The Hague
Anton Mauve was a prominent member of the Hague School. He painted typically Dutch landscapes, having studied as a boy with artists who specialized in horses and cattle. Painting animals became one of Mauve’s specialties too. His heath scenes and flocks of sheep were renowned as far away as the United States.
This landscape in green, brown and grey colours captures the feel of a raw and gloomy autumn day. Mauve painted the scene quickly and loosely, with broad brushstrokes. The almost sketchy rendering of the horse heightens this image of a man making his way home at the end of the working day.
Mauve was married to a cousin of Vincent van Gogh and he taught the budding artist how to paint in watercolour and oils. Mauve’s lessons and constructive criticism boosted Vincent’s confidence in his artistic abilities, as he wrote to his brother Theo: ‘And Mauve gives me hope that I’ll be making something saleable quite soon’.