For your consideration, a vintage unframed lithograph by the Dutch artist Anton Rudolf Mauve (1838-1888). The print measures 12 ½” x 7 ¼” and is good vintage condition with some minor age discoloration and some minor foxing and several large creases to the work’s upper right corner an side (see photos: the work is shown in plastic protective sleeve, there is not tape on the lithograph). The lithograph has polychrome highlights in light blue to the stacked wood, original to the lithograph. The lithograph is not a postcard, and is printed on heavy stock. Most probably circa 1900-1920.
Anthonij (Anton) Rudolf Mauve was a Dutch realist painter who was a leading member of the Hague School. Anton Mauve was born on 18 September 1838 in Zaandam, a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. A year after his birth his father, a Mennonite chaplain, was sent to Haarlem, the capital city of the province, where Mauve grew up. In 1872 Mauve settled in The Hague where he became a leading member of the Hague School of painters inspired by the French Barbizon School in turn by the work of John Constable. He signed his paintings 'A. Mauve' or with a monogrammed 'A.M.'. He was a very significant early influence on his cousin-in-law Vincent van Gogh. Most of Mauve's work depicts people and animals in outdoor settings. In his Morning Ride in the Rijksmuseum, for example, fashionable equestrians at the seacoast are seen riding away from the viewer. An unconventional detail, horse droppings in the foreground, attests his commitment to realism. His best known paintings depict peasants working in the fields and especially sheep herding scenes. His paintings of flocks of sheep were especially popular with American patrons.
He was apprenticed to the painter Pieter Frederik van Os followed by Wouter Verschuur. In his further development, he worked with Paul Gabriël, painting from nature, and they regularly stayed and worked together at Oosterbeek, a village in the Dutch province of Gelderland. In the last two years of his life Mauve settled in the village of Laren in the region surrounding Hilversum called het Gooi. The group of painters who settled there, including Jozef Israëls and Albert Neuhuys, came to be known collectively as the Larense School and the region around het Gooi was dubbed 'Mauve land' as far afield as the United States. Mauve died suddenly in Arnhem on 5 February 1888.
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