Hague School

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Informal group of Dutch artists who worked mainly in The Hague between about 1860 and 1900. The group is particularly associated with landscapes and beach scenes, but the members also painted street scenes, views of everyday life, and church interiors. In some ways this was a Romantic revival of the 17th-century tradition, and this romantically nostalgic strain—particularly in pictures made during the first years the group worked together—is one of the things that distinguishes them from their French counterparts, the painters of the Barbizon School and the Impressionists. They shared with the great Dutch landscapists of the 17th century a special sensitivity in recording light and atmospheric effects. Leading members of the Hague School included Bosboom, Israëls, the Maris brothers, Mauve, Mesdag, and Weissenbruch. The group was the leading force in Dutch painting in the late 19th century and van Gogh was strongly influenced by Mauve and Israëls.

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