Or how to love a Van Gogh.
Among the things I am grateful about living in the Netherlands is my proximity to the presence of art greatness. The most beautiful works of masters like Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Picasso, Breugel, among others, are just one bus or train away.
I’ve gone back to Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo. But this time especially for Vincent Van Gogh. Beside the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Kröller-Müller has the second largest collection of Van Gogh art in the world (90 paintings and over 180 drawings). This museum is located in the heart of the Dutch national park De Hoge Veluwe so you can combine a trip nature and art visit in one day or one weekend. I would not suggest to do both both in a day.
The couple Anton and Helene Kröller-Mülle were one of Van Gogh’s first patrons, through his art teacher H.P. Bremmer who convinced them to buy his art. The personal connection gave them access to some of his most sentimental pieces. With these collections you can follow the development of Van Gogh’s style and state of mind, from his early years as a painter until his golden and perhaps most turbulent days in Arles France.
I can stand in front of a painting for many hours examining the details, the stroke, the colours. In this series of (very close up) photos, I’d like to show why I admire this Dutch master. You could feel his emotion in every stroke, in every line of his painting. Take for example this portrait of a woman: