Like the Masters of the French Barbizon school of painting, artists of The Hague School depicted realistic scenes of everyday life. They painted rural landscapes, peasants, beach scenes, urban streets, and they did so with a sensitivity to the overall effects of weather, light and atmosphere. Their style harkened back to the Dutch landscape painters of the 1600s, but with the added elements of modernism and a more subdued palette.
While painter Bernard De Hoog is considered part of The Hague school of painting, his work goes beyond its limitations. A student at the Quellinus school in Amsterdam, De Hoog would be known for his advocacy of a simple country life, depicted in his paintings as a happy and innocent environment, one where children and motherhood would frequently figure. His work often looked back to the earlier eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but without the romanticism that had been prevalent in previous years.
During his life his work was very popular; both exhibited and sold to locations around the world, where he found a strong market in the United States, Canada and England.
Today he is considered a Master of Holland modernism and The Hague school. He died in The Hague in 1943.