About the artist
Théophile de Bock (1851 The Hague – 1904 Haarlem) was a Dutch painter and printmaker affiliated with The Hague School. He started his career as a clerk for the Dutch Railway Company, but he was dismissed for spending too much time to painting and drawing. He was apprenticed in The Hague to J.W. van Borselen (1825-1892) and later on to Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch and Jacob Maris.
De Bock was specialized in painting landscapes, particularly views of wooded countryside and forests. When he lived in Paris (1880-1883) and Barbizon (1878-80) he was influenced by the artists Corot, Millet and Rousseau. In addition to oil paintings this artist of The Hague school made drawings, etchings and lithographs. In 1881 he contributed to the Panorama Mesdag, painting a substantial section of the dunes. He was also the first chairman of the Haagsche Kunstkring, a society of young progressive artists who strived to counterbalance the more established Pulchri Studio society.