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Family of three brothers who played a leading part in Dutch painting during the second half of the 19th century. Jacob (Jacobus Hendricus) (b The Hague, 25 Aug. 1837; d Karlsbad, 7 Aug. 1899) was one of the leaders of the Hague School, specializing in views of the Dutch countryside and scenes in Dutch towns. Matthias (Matthijs, Thijs) (b The Hague, 17 Aug. 1839; d London, 22 Aug. 1917) began in similar fashion, but came to specialize in figure compositions of visionary subjects.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)