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Anton Mauve

Return of the Flock


Anton Mauve
Zaandam, Netherlands, 1838 – Arnhem 1888


Return of the Flock


About 1860-1865


Oil on canvas


49.5 x 80 cm


William John and Agnes Learmont Bequest, inv. 1909.576


Western Art

Anton Mauve taught painting to Vincent van Gogh, who was the cousin of his wife. Mauve’s predilection for pastoral subjects results from both the revival of interest in seventeenth-century Dutch painting and French Realism. He stood out among his predecessors and contemporaries by his exceptional ability to render not only landscapes, but also sheep, a subject that met with great success in the North American art market.

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