The Hague School

Exhibition Overview


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Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, whose founders include the artists of the Hague School, is home to one of the finest collections of paintings, drawings and sketchbooks by these nineteenth-century Dutch masters. Artists such as Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch, Anton Mauve, Paul Gabriël, Willem Roelofs and the Maris brothers introduced a new realism into painting, with their fresh portrayals of the land and sea, fishermen and farmers. They brought a new perspective in their paintings of the woods around the Veluwe, the lakes at Noorden and the cattle in the polder landscape. But the epicentre of this group of artists was The Hague, and in particular the coastal settlement of Scheveningen. The painters of the Hague School were unequalled in their portrayal of the beauty of the interaction of sky, light and water.

(Photo: Courtesy of Gemeentemuseum)

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