Anton Mauve (1838-1888) was a leading member of the Hague School and gave lessons to Vincent van Gogh. Mauve was regarded as a master in the portrayal of the silvery grey light and hues of the Dutch landscape.
He liked to work in the immediate surroundings of The Hague: on the beach at Scheveningen, around the flat-bottomed fishing boats and the fish market, in the dunes, and in the open fields of the polder. He was also a talented draughtsman and water colourist and worked in his youth with Willem Maris. In later life, he withdrew from the artistic world of The Hague and went to live in Laren. His later works depict the nearby heath with its flocks of sheep and their attendant shepherds in a wide range of weather conditions. His paintings and drawings of sheep found a ready market among art collectors as far away as Canada and the United States.