Friday, March 20, 2015

Anton Mauve

Having recently finished reading Irving Stone's Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh, a wonderful read by the way and completely based upon Vincent's letters to his brother throughout his short life, I was intrigued with the mention of several artist's names with whom I was not completely familiar. One of those artists was Anton Mauve who was a cousin-in-law to Vincent. Mauve, born in 1838, lived till 1888, just two years before Vincent's tragic death. Vincent studied with his cousin-in-law for about a month in 1881 but their relationship came to a cold separation about a year later, after Mauve had been an encouraging influence the whole of that year, and they never really spoke much after that. 

I was anxious to 'discover' Mauve's work and make a connection with that of the earlier works of Van Gogh, as mentioned in the book, and spent some time this morning digging around on the Internet to find images of some of Mauve's works. The little montage above shows several of his works that really caught my eye and spoke to me as an artist as I was very drawn into them for their compositional ideas, obvious subject matter and their very atmospheric reading of the Dutch landscape and life of the times. More exploration into his body of work will follow for me, but for now, I just wanted to post this for those who, as I, may not have known the name or the work before as I think he has much to offer in the way of introducing aspects of what was yet to come in those who followed him toward the end of the 19th Century. 

As a little extra, the work below, Beach at Scheveningen an early watercolor by Van Gogh, was done during the time he was influenced by his cousin-in-law and several other Dutch landscape and genre artists who were popular and noted at the time, and before Vincent developed his truly iconic painting style.

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