Who is Anton Mauve?

By Gwylym Owen

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Anthonij (Anton) Rudolf Mauve (18 September 1838 – 5 February 1888) was a Dutch realist painter who was a leading fanatic of the Hague School. He signed his paintings ‘A. Mauve’ or taking into consideration a monogrammed ‘A.M.’. A master colorist, he was a extremely significant early influence on his cousin-in-law Vincent van Gogh.

His best-known paintings depict peasants keen in the fields. His paintings of flocks of sheep were especially popular taking into consideration American patrons, so popular that a price differential developed between scenes of “sheep coming” and “sheep going”.

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