About the artist

Simon van den Berg was a Dutch artist born in Overschie in 1812, he died in Arnhem in 1891. He worked in The Hague (1835 -1836), Overschie 1837, Velsen 1838, The Hague 1839, Amsterdam (1840-1842), Haarlem (1843-1850), Heemstede ca. 1852, The Hague 1854. About 1889 he moved to Arnhem. He was apprenticed to the painter Molijn in Rotterdam. He also studied under the draughtsman J. de Meijer and P.G. van Os who was specialised in animals and figures. Van den Berg was an important painter of cattle. He also was an etcher and lithographer. Van den Berg was the director of the Mauritshuis (Maurice House) between 1880 and 1889. He taught J.M. Bach, A. G. Bilders, J.L. van Essen, B.L. Hendriks, C.J. Henke, W.J. Hofdijk, A.J. Jacob en F.J.J. Maris.