Anton was born in Zaandam. At age 16 he entered Haarlem apprenticed to the cattle painter Pieter Frederik van Os and then at the horse painter Wouter Verschuur. Along with Paul Gabriel Mauve often went into nature to paint. From the age of twenty, he worked in Oosterbeek, where many artists have stayed. In 1871 Mauve moved into a studio in The Hague. There he gave Vincent Van Gogh, whom he was a cousin, a short time painting lessons. From 1882 he worked in summer often in Laren, where he settled in 1885. His work was already known and loved by collectors from home and abroad. In America Mauve's flocks of sheep were especially popular, with a distinction between 'sheep coming' (sheep from the front) and the slightly cheaper 'sheep going. With its moody, atmospheric landscapes with cattle Mauve is considered one of the Hague School.
(Source Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)