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Changing Pasture

Anton Mauve (Dutch, Zaandam 1838–1888 Arnhem)
ca. 1880s
Oil on canvas
24 x 39 5/8 in. (61 x 100.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number:
Not on view
In the second half of the nineteenth century, The Hague became the center of a major school of landscape painting. Its principal members were the Maris brothers, Josef Israels, H. W. Mesdag, and Mauve, who settled in The Hague in 1874. Inspired by J. F. Millet and other members of the Barbizon School, whose work could be seen in the Goupil Gallery in The Hague and in Mesdag's personal collection, they shared a commitment to record the peasant life, gray skies, and flat terrain of their native country. Changing Pasture reflects these interests and is a characteristic work of the last decade of Mauve's life.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): AMauve
[Daniel Cottier, New York, in 1883]; [Doll and Richards, Boston, until 1890; sold on October 10 for $1,500 to Knoedler]; [Knoedler, New York, 1890–92; stock no. 6592; sold on January 14 for $2,750 to Altman]; Benjamin Altman, New York (1892–d. 1913)
New York. National Academy of Design. "Pedestal Fund Art Loan Exhibition," December 3, 1883–January 1, 1884, no. 110 (as "Dutch Cattle Piece," lent by Daniel Cottier).

The Hague. Gemeentemuseum. "Meesters van de Haagse School," June 18–August 15, 1965, no. 88 (as "Boerin met koeien" ["Woman Farmer with Cows"]).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Van Gogh as Critic and Self-Critic," October 30, 1973–January 6, 1974, no. 34.


B[ryson]. B[urroughs]. "Modern Paintings in the Altman Bequest." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 9 (December 1914), pp. 252–53, ill. p. 255.

Bryson Burroughs. Catalogue of Paintings. 2nd ed. New York, 1916, p. 191.

Introduction by Jos. De Gruyter in Meesters van de Haagse School. Exh. cat., Gemeentemuseum. [The Hague], [1965], pp. 77, 79, no. 88, ill., as "Boerin met koeien" ["Farmer Woman with Cows"]; dates it 1878 or somewhat later.

Maureen C. O'Brien in Maureen C. O'Brien. In Support of Liberty: European Paintings at the 1883 Pedestal Fund Art Loan Exhibition. Exh. cat., Parrish Art Museum. Southampton, N.Y., 1986, pp. 24–25, 96, 166, fig. 6 (from 1883 exhibition catalogue), colorpl. XX.

There is a watercolor whose composition is similar to this one called Cows in the Rain, ca. 1880(?), Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (ill. p. 81 in Gruyter 1965).
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