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Purchase Vincent van Gogh - Watermill at Kollen

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Vincent van Gogh's Watermill at Kollen on display at Het Noordbrabants Museum

14 December 2017

As of today, the painting entitled Watermill at Kollen by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) can be viewed at Het Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch. Exactly one month ago, the museum purchased the painting at the Impressionist & Modern Art Sale at Sotheby's in New York for almost 3 million Euros (a hammer price of 2.6 million dollars). Van Gogh painted the watermill in May of 1884 during his 2-year stay in Nuenen. To celebrate the acquisition, Het Noordbrabants Museum will be opening its doors for free to the public on Saturday 16th December from 11am until 5pm. Also on this day, the Collse Watermolen (the watermill at Kollen) in Eindhoven will be free for visitors to enter between 9.30am and 12.30pm, as will the Vincentre in Neunen between 10am and 10pm.

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Het Noordbrabants Museum's most important acquisition to date
Vincent van Gogh's Watermill at Kollen finally back in Brabant more than a century later

15 November 2017

On Tuesday, 14 November, 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. It was purchased for almost 3 million euros  (hammer price 2,6 million dollars). Exactly one year ago the museum acquired Van Gogh's watercolour The garden of the vicarage at Nuenen.

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Watermill at Kollen

Vincent van Gogh

1884, oil on canvas, 60.5 x 80 cm, Het Noordbrabants Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch. Acquired with support from the Province of Noord-Brabant, the Rembrandt Association, the Mondriaan Fund, and the Mrs H.M.J. van Oppenraaij Bequest

Watermill at Kollen presentation

Photo Marc Bolsius

Adrie Broekman (on the left) and Ton van der Heijden (on the right), both employees of Het Noordbrabants Museum, are getting ready to hang the newest acquisition: Vincent van Gogh's watermill at Koll

Watermill at Kollen unloading

Photo Marc Bolsius

Watermill at Kollen and curator Helewise Berger

Photo Marc Bolsius

Watermill at Kollen presentation

Photo Marc Bolsius

Adrie Broekman (on the left) and Ton van der Heijden (on the right), both employees of Het Noordbrabants Museum, are hanging the newest acquisition

Watermill at Kollen presentation

Photo Marc Bolsius

Charles de Mooij and Henri Swinkels