The Hague School of painters is one of the most collectible schools in Dutch, 19th century art. Having its foundations with painters like Jozef Israëls (1824-1911), Jacob Maris (1837-1899) and Constant Gabriël (1828-1903), the painters turned from the Romantic tradition. The where closely associated with the Barbizon painters in France, who turned to painting outside, en plein air. In the 1870s, the Hague school became the dominant group in The Netherlands, despite the criticism of their painting too much in tones of grey. Willem de Zwart (born 1862) was an odd one out. He was of the same generation as artists like George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923) and Isaac Israëls (1865-1934), who became known as the Amsterdam Impressionists, painting urban life. De Zwart had a liking for painting the countryside, just as the Hague School painters had done, and he is regarded as a late Hague School painter himself. This lovely little painting from @teylersmuseum dates from 1895, and depicts his small daughter. They have only acquired it last year, and it is a fantastic addition to their collection of 19th century art. It is obvious that De Zwart didn’t use much grey in works like this, and his landscapes are among the most colourful of the era. A contract with the art dealer Van Wisselingh ensured commercial success and De Zwart was productive and well known. After the contact was terminated in 1910, his success faded and he became sombre. Het painted less, and with less patrons. On December 11, 1931, he passed away in The Hague. Despite this sad end to his career, I think he is among the most interesting Dutch artists of the period!