Thursday, November 17, 2011

A day at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands

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drawing copyright 2011 Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
André Volten Sculpture at Kröller-Müller Museum
November 11, 2011 ~ Otterlo, Netherlands
pen & ink with watercolors in small moleskine sketchbook

Last Friday, we spent a day at the Kröller-Müller Museum, which is located in the National Park the Hoge Veluwe in Otterlo. We wanted to enjoy some fall colors in the park before they get blown/rained away, and to check out the refurbished museum.

The day was incredibly beautiful, as you can see by these photos of the walk we took in the museum's sculpture garden. The garden walk is quite huge and meanders through some lovely forested areas. I might add that we only walked part of the garden area and I only managed one drawing in my moleskine dedicated to trips we take within the Netherlands (yes, I like to theme my moleskines) - the day was a bit cold!

photos copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong  & Auke Nijholt. all rights reserved
Top: Museum Main Entrance ~ Sculpture garden walk
Mid.: l'Air by Aristide Maillo  ~ Le Chant des Voyelles by Jacques Lipchitz
Bottom : Floating sculpture by Marta Pan ~ Me drawing the Volten sculpture
Kröller-Müller Museum - Nat'l Park the Hoge Veluwe
Otterlo, Netherlands ~ Nov. 2011

Among other famous paintings and sculptures in the permanent collection, the Kröller-Müller Museum is also home to many paintings by Vincent van Gogh, including one of  two paintings he did of  "The Potato Eaters". The painting in the Kröller-Müller is an oil study created before the completed painting that is part of the collection of the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The Kröller-Müller collection of van Gogh's paintings is not as large as the collection in the van Gogh Musuem in Amsterdam, but it's still quite impressive in a managable museum amidst the gorgeous surroundings of the national park.

Here's one of my particular favorites, by van Gogh, in the collection ...

photo copyright Auke Nijholt. all rights reserved
Vincent van Gogh
Portrait of Joseph-Michel Ginoux ~ Arles, Dec. 1888
oil on canvas - 65 x 54,5 cm
Kröller-Müller Museum ~ Otterlo, Netherlands


I highly recommend a trip to the Kröller-Müller Museum and the Park Hoge Veluwe, if you're ever in the Netherlands.


tot ziens,
Judy
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3 comments:

Patty said...

What gorgeous autumn colours!
I love the smaller museums - on my list for our next visit is Frans Hals in Haarlem. My in-laws from from Hemestedte.

Of course, in the Nederland the big museums are pretty spectacular too!

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Oh Ja! The Frans Hals Museum is wonderful and has a fabulous collection of Dutch Masters paintings. And Haarlem is a great city too. Frans Hals is buried in the beautiful Sint Bavokerk in Haarlem. Mozart once played the spectacular pipe organ in the Sint Bavokerk.

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

heh heh! I sound like a tour guide. should have a job with the Dutch Board of Tourism...LOL

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