Anton Mauve was born in Zaandam on 18 September 1838.
In Haarlem he was a pupil of the animal painter Pieter Frederik van Os a specialist in cattle, from about 1854 until 1857
He also studied with the painters Wouterus Verschuur,who painted horses, and Paul GabriŽl, with whom he would paint directly from nature in thecountryside.
Mauve settled in Amsterdam in 1865.
In 1871 he moved into a studio in The Hague, where he became a prominent figure in the art world.
In 1874 he married AriŽtte Carbentus, a cousin of Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh studied briefly with Mauve in 1881-82. Van Gogh said in a letter to his brother Theo that he had seen many beautiful things in Mauve's studio and that his own drawings had seemed to be of interest to Mauve.
Anton Mauve, Willem Maris, Hendrik Mesda, Jozef IsraŽls, Jacob Maris, and Johannes Bosboom were the leading figures in the Hague School of painting.
Mauve settled in Laren in 1885. By that time his work was widely known and in demand with collectors in Holland and abroad.
Primarily a landscape painter, Mauve is best known for his scenes of horses, cows, and sheep in the Dutch landscape. In his late Laren period, Mauve's figure paintings show the influence of Jean FranÁois Millet.
The Hague School, Late 19th Century, Holland, an influential movementof
Dutch painters who worked in The Hague, between 1860 and 1900, portraying realistic depictions of local landscapes, fisherman and farmers in the style of Realism.
Their stylistic influences can be traced to the English artists, Gainsborough and Constable as transmitted through the French Barbizon painters.
Anton Mauve was a leading figure among Hague School painters who enjoyed wide international popularity in the early 20th Century, their works acquired by the most important collections in Great Britain and North America. Major works hang in the National Gallery London, the Metropolitan Museum and The Frick Collection in New York.