Happy Birthday Jacob Maris!! The Dutch painter was born in 1837 to a family of painters. He and his brothers belonged to the group known as The Hague School. Jacob studied art at Antwerp University as well as in Paris with Hubertus van Hove, for 6 years. His important work is primarily landscapes featuring bridges, windmills and magnificent skies. A prime example is his Village Near Schiedam, below. Maris was interested in achieving effect rather than particularly realism; perhaps a glimpse of Impressionism yet to come?