Anton Mauve
Anton Mauve
Learning to Paint
Van Gogh spends several weeks in The Hague in late 1881 taking painting lessons from his cousin by marriage, Anton Mauve, a leading member of the Hague School. Mauve introduces him to watercolor and oil technique.
After an argument with his father, Van Gogh leaves his parents' house in Etten. He rents a studio and takes additional lessons from Mauve in 1882. Van Gogh scandalizes his family and Mauve when he takes his model, a pregnant, unmarried prostitute named Sien Hoornik, and her young daughter into his household.
Van Gogh makes his first independent watercolor and painted studies in the summer of 1882. In the same year, he receives his first commission. His uncle Cornelis van Gogh asks him to produce 12 pen and ink drawings of The Hague.