Anton Rudolf Mauve (1876-1962), born in Zaandam, Netherlands, was a Dutch landscape and animal painter. He was a prominent member of the Hague School. At the age of 16, he was an apprentice to Pieter Frederik van Os, a specialist in painting cattle, followed by Wouter Verschuur, who painted horses. He took a studio in The Hague in 1871 and eventually moved to Laren in 1885. By that time, his work was widely recognized and in demand by collectors in Holland and abroad. His landscapes with sheep were especially popular in America.