On Tuesday 14 November, the Het Noordbrabants Museum acquired Vincent van Gogh's (1853-1890) painting Watermill at Kollen at the Impressionist & Modern Art Sale held by Sotheby’s in New York. This spring landscape with a watermill and buildings with red roofs is a relatively bright and colourful depiction in Van Gogh's Brabant oeuvre. It is one of the few important paintings from the artist's Brabant period that was still in private hands. Exactly one year ago the museum acquired Van Gogh's watercolour The Garden of the Vicarage at Nuenen.
Henri Swinkels, deputy of the Province of North Brabant, is proud that this remarkable painting will soon be on view in the Noordbrabants Museum as part of its collection: 'The Het Noordbrabants Museum plays an important role in propagating Van Gogh's story. With this unique work, a connection is made between the storyline in the museum and a physical Van Gogh monument in Brabant. This is important not only for culture, but also for the leisure economy, nature and the landscape, branding, and international profiling. Thus, there are plenty of reasons why we, as the Province, were glad to support this purchase with a subsidy of 1.5 million euros. We are delighted the painting could be acquired, and that thereby something of Vincent can be brought home to Brabant.'
The Het Noordbrabants Museum will be paying a lot of attention in the next few years to this world-famous Brabant artist. The exhibition Loving Vincent, which illustrates the creation of the film of the same name, is currently on view (until 28 January 2018).
Work is also under way on a unique exhibition about the relationships Van Gogh had with his family, friends, models and fellow artists. This international exhibition, entitled ‘Van Gogh’s Intimate Circle’, will be on show in the Noordbrabants Museum from 21 September 2019 to 12 January 2020. Email us for information