The Hague School

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The Hague School

The Barbizon School of French landscape painters would influence many other realist and landscape painters of their era. The Hague School of painters was one such group. Though the Barbizon painters sought to accurately record the atmosphere and beauty of the landscape, The Hague School would record the scenery of the Netherlands in a more somber palette. For this reason they are jestingly referred to as the "Gray School", though this is not an accurate comment on the palettes chosen by the artists.

They were more inspired by the Barbizon painter's concept of the landscape and its inhabitants as suitable subject matter, than the idea of creating a photorealistic rendering of the view. Their works included marine and seascapes as well as some city and urban views.

Well known painters of the School include Anton Mauve, Jacob and Willem Maris, Willem de Zwart, and Hendrik Willem Mesdag. The Hague School would also serve to influence several other painters of note, including Piet Mondrian, Vincent Van Gogh and Jan Toorop among others.

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