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

14 December
As of today the Museum celebrates acquisition with free opening

’s-Hertogenbosch, 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.

This is Het Noordbrabants Museum's most important acquisition to date and reflects the museum's aim of offering a representative overview of Van Gogh's Brabant period by means of original works by the artist. The Watermill at Kollen was purchased with financial support from the Province of Noord-Brabant, the Mondriaan Fund, the Rembrandt Association (in part thanks to its Alida Fund and Jheronimus Fund), along with a 1999 bequest to the museum from Mrs Henriëtte M.J. van Oppenraaij.

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