Artwork of the Week: January 17

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Anton Mauve (Dutch, 1838–1888), A Dutch Road

Anton Mauve (Dutch, 1838–1888), A Dutch Road, oil on canvas, about 1880. 20 x 14 1/2 in. Gallery 33

Led by Anton Mauve, the group of Dutch painters known as the Hague School distinguished itself with its exceptional rendering of moody atmospheric effects. Mauve and his contemporaries tried to depict nature and the “simple life” of rural communities that was beginning to be supplanted by the Industrial Revolution and rapid urbanization. Mauve’s use of grays and browns gives this painting an overall feeling of a dreary, rainy day as the people are heading to or from a day’s honest work. The viewer’s eye is drawn to the activity in the center of the painting because of the converging lines of the road and the rows of spindly trees. Also, the man and horses make up the darkest area of the painting, commanding the viewer’s attention.

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