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Anton Mauveartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanZaandam 1838-1888 Arnhem

biography of Anthonij 'Anton' Mauve

Portrait of artist, painter, watercolourist and draughtsman Anthonij 'Anton' Mauve

Portrait of Anthonij 'Anton' Mauve

The father of Anton Mauve, pastor in Haarlem, initially resisted his son's wish to become an artist. But in the end, in 1954, he was 16 years old, apprenticed to the Haarlem cattle painter Pieter Frederik van Os. It was the start of a career in which the painter would constantly develop. In the summer of 1858, Mauve went to Oosterbeek, persuaded by his ten-year-old Haarlem painter's friend Gabriel. In this Veluwe village, the ideas of the French Barbizon painters were put into practice. The aim was to portray nature and the mood of the moment as realistic as possible. So the young artists went into nature with their painting gear to observe it on the spot and record their impressions. Mauve developed a great love for nature and practiced working 'en plein air'. He also met Willem Maris, who became a good friend. Mauve kept returning to Oosterbeek throughout the 60s. He found there the rich variety of pasture land with cattle, forest and heathland with sheep grazing herds of which the rural activities enchanted him.

In 1871 he moved to The Hague where his friend Willem Maris lived and married Jet Carbentus, a niece of Vincent van Gogh. Now the unspoiled landscape around The Hague became his working area. In this period he often painted landscapes with horses, masterfully observed and sometimes radiating a melancholic atmosphere. Contemporaries called contemporaries this work. Mauve was often to be found in the Dekkersduin, where he had an improvised studio and observed herds of sheep. During these years, interest in his work increased, partly due to the art dealer Goupil & Cie., Who sold his paintings to England, Scotland and the United States. When, in the early 1980s, the unspoilt spots around The Hague had to clear the field for development due to the rising industrialization, Mauve packed his painting supplies and moved to quieter areas.

It was on the advice of Jozef Israëls that he first arrived (1882) in the village of Laren, surrounded by extensive heathland. 'It is a beautiful country here, beautiful heathland, there are also sheep, magnificent thatched roofs and very friendly corners,' he wrote to his wife. Three years later he left The Hague and settled definitively in the picturesque farming village.

Mauve is incorrectly called a 'sheep painter', although he was also a handsome painter of horses and landscapes with cows. But what he actually painted over the years was nature: the atmosphere of pearl-gray or sometimes wet, cold autumn days, quiet, snowy winter days and the early morning of a summer day, damp and windless.

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Anton Mauve | Cows in a meadow, oil on paper laid down on panel, 24.7 x 40.1 cm, signed l.r. with initials

Anton Mauve

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Cows in a meadow

Anton Mauve | Summer landscape with a farm and windmill, oil on canvas, 75.0 x 101.7 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1870

Anton Mauve

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Summer landscape with a farm and windmill, ca. 1870

Anton Mauve | Under the trees, oil on canvas, 51.6 x 81.2 cm, signed l.l.

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Under the trees

Anton Mauve | Sheep watering by a river, oil on canvas, 60.5 x 90.2 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1870

Anton Mauve

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Sheep watering by a river, ca. 1870

Anton Mauve | Wood gatherer with horse-drawn cart, oil on canvas, 33.8 x 54.1 cm, signed l.r. and painted 1875-1880

Anton Mauve

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Wood gatherer with horse-drawn cart, 1875-1880

Anton Mauve | Double duty, watercolour on paper, 23.8 x 34.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1875

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Double duty, ca. 1875


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Anton Mauve | A shepherd with his flock by a river, oil on panel, 25.1 x 41.0 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

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A shepherd with his flock by a river

Anton Mauve | Cows in a meadow, oil on canvas, 54.1 x 83.3 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

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Cows in a meadow

Anton Mauve | Cattle in a meadow, near Oosterbeek, oil on panel, 30.3 x 43.9 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1866

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Cattle in a meadow, near Oosterbeek

Anton Mauve | Milking yard near The Hague, oil on canvas, 116.4 x 172.8 cm, signed l.r.

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Milking yard near The Hague

Anton Mauve | Harnessing the young bull, oil on panel, 28.0 x 41.0 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

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Harnessing the young bull

Anton Mauve | The sand-cart, oil on canvas, 32.9 x 28.1 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1875-1880

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The sand-cart

Anton Mauve | A winter landscape with a farmer's wife, oil on panel, 22.0 x 19.9 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

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A winter landscape with a farmer's wife

Anton Mauve | Timber wagon with horses, oil on canvas, 106.6 x 205.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated '77

Anton Mauve

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Timber wagon with horses

Anton Mauve | Sheep feeding, oil on canvas, 55.5 x 80.7 cm, signed l.r.

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Sheep feeding

Anton Mauve | Sand diggers, oil on panel, 13.4 x 20.8 cm, signed l.r.

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Sand diggers

Anton Mauve | Milking-time, oil on canvas, 51.4 x 82.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted circa 1862-1864

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Milking-time

Anton Mauve | A milkmaid and cattle by a fence, oil on panel, 31.7 x 50.0 cm, signed l.l.

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A milkmaid and cattle by a fence

Anton Mauve | A portrait of Ariëtte Mauve-Carbentus, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 19.5 x 33.8 cm, signed l.r.

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A portrait of Ariëtte Mauve-Carbentus

Anton Mauve | A shepherd with his flock, oil on canvas, 65.0 x 96.5 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

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A shepherd with his flock

Anton Mauve | A shepherd and flock on the heath, Laren, oil on canvas, 42.9 x 63.8 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

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A shepherd and flock on the heath, Laren

Anton Mauve | A shepherd and flock in the dunes, oil on canvas, 58.4 x 111.7 cm, signed l.l.

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A shepherd and flock in the dunes

Anton Mauve | A cow, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 16.0 x 27.5 cm

Anton Mauve

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A cow

Anton Mauve | A farmer at work, oil on panel, 43.3 x 32.7 cm, signed l.l.

Anton Mauve

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A farmer at work

Anton Mauve | A shepherd and his flock, oil on canvas, 60.5 x 80.2 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

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A shepherd and his flock

Anton Mauve | Sheep returning in their shed, watercolour on paper, 33.8 x 47.2 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Sheep returning in their shed

Anton Mauve | The barge tow, watercolour on paper, 25.5 x 40.9 cm, signed l.r. and dated '74

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

The barge tow, 1874

Anton Mauve | Snow in Laren, watercolour on paper, 49.6 x 67.7 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Snow in Laren

Anton Mauve | Shepherd with his flock on the heath, Laren, watercolour on paper, 55.3 x 91.0 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Shepherd with his flock on the heath, Laren

Anton Mauve | A snowy landscape near Laren, watercolour on paper, 66.8 x 88.6 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A snowy landscape near Laren

Anton Mauve | Ploughman with two horses, brush and ink on paper, 39.0 x 51.0 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Ploughman with two horses

Anton Mauve | Strolling along the beach, pencil on paper, 7.7 x 13.4 cm, signed l.r. with studio stamp (AM)

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Strolling along the beach

Anton Mauve | Feeding the goats, watercolour on paper, 25.6 x 22.2 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

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Feeding the goats

Anton Mauve | A shepherdess tending to her flock, watercolour on paper, 25.7 x 36.3 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A shepherdess tending to her flock

Anton Mauve | Horses along a towpath, watercolour on paper, 27.0 x 42.1 cm, signed l.r. and painted in the 1870's

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Horses along a towpath

Anton Mauve | A snowy forest at sunset, watercolour on paper, 48.0 x 35.0 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A snowy forest at sunset

Anton Mauve | A shepherd and his flock on a sandy track, watercolour and gouache on paper, 49.7 x 34.2 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A shepherd and his flock on a sandy track

Anton Mauve | The sheep fold, watercolour and gouache on paper, 33.0 x 47.0 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

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The sheep fold

Anton Mauve | Grazing sheep among birch trees, pencil and watercolour on paper laid down on panel, 25.1 x 35.1 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Grazing sheep among birch trees

Anton Mauve | A farmer's wife in the dunes, watercolour on paper, 22.6 x 34.5 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

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A farmer's wife in the dunes

Anton Mauve | A farmer working on a field, watercolour on paper, 19.9 x 40.4 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A farmer working on a field

Anton Mauve | A shepherd with his flock, charcoal and pastel on paper, 30.2 x 45.7 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A shepherd with his flock

Anton Mauve | A shepherd with his flock, watercolour on paper, 14.6 x 24.4 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A shepherd with his flock

Anton Mauve | A shepherd and flock in a snow-covered landscape, watercolour on paper, 18.0 x 23.3 cm, signed l.l.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A shepherd and flock in a snow-covered landscape

Anton Mauve | A farmer and oxes on a country road, pastel and watercolour on paper, 39.7 x 47.2 cm

Anton Mauve

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A farmer and oxes on a country road

Anton Mauve | A shepherd and flock, watercolour on paper, 33.0 x 58.7 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A shepherd and flock

Anton Mauve | A shepherd with his flock, watercolour on paper, 31.5 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A shepherd with his flock

Anton Mauve | A farmer and oxes, watercolour on paper, 22.5 x 32.5 cm, signed l.l.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A farmer and oxes

Anton Mauve | A farmer with horses, watercolour on paper, 35.0 x 28.0 cm

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A farmer with horses

Anton Mauve | Sheepfold returning, watercolour on paper, 38.0 x 56.0 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Sheepfold returning

Anton Mauve | A ploughing farmer, watercolour on paper, 20.2 x 37.0 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A ploughing farmer

Anton Mauve | Gathering wood, watercolour on paper, 30.5 x 15.2 cm, signed l.l.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Gathering wood

Anton Mauve | A shepherd and his flock, watercolour on paper, 31.5 x 52.0 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A shepherd and his flock

Anton Mauve | A farmer digging  potatoes, watercolour on paper, 27.5 x 45.0 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A farmer digging potatoes


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