Nowadays Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) one of the most famous Dutch painters of the 17th century, but for centuries it was hardly significant. The small body of work that is now known of him was long attributed to others. Customize it was rediscovered in the 70s of the 19th century. Since then 35 paintings as 'Vermeer' recognized.
John was the son of a silk worker and has always lived in Delft and worked. Like his father, he was active in the art trade. Possibly he was a student of city rivals Carel Fabritius. In 1653 Vermeer enrolled in the painters' guild, which he headed for several years. Vermeer's early history paintings show the influence of the Utrecht Caravaggists. His later work includes interiors with one or a few people, mostly women. Intimate genre pieces, in which the protagonist is dedicated to an everyday activity, usually in a window that lets in daylight. Like no other Vermeer could see the light on objects. The Rijksmuseum has three of his domestic scenes and one town: the world famous Little Street.
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)