Het Noordbrabants Museum acquires exceptional watercolor by Vincent van Gogh
December 8, 2016
Het Noordbrabants Museum, Den Bosch, Holland has recently acquired from a private collection The garden of the vicarage at Nuenen by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890).
- This acquisition underlines the museum’s ambition to offer a representative overview of Van Gogh’s Brabant period by means of original works by the artist.
- The work of October-November 1885 is the last known watercolour Van Gogh produced in Nuenen and occupies a special place in his oeuvre.
- Free admission to the public on Saturday, 10 December from 11 am to 5 pm. The festive occasion will be celebrated in style with various activities.
Its importance to Dutch cultural heritage
Vincent van Gogh lived with his parents in the vicarage at Nuenen for nearly a year and a half. The garden behind the vicarage was one of his favourite spots, and he produced a number of works there, some of them very ambitious indeed. This watercolour occupies an important place in Van Gogh’s oeuvre.
Its importance to Noord-Brabant
The purchase of the watercolour fits in with the intention of the province of Noord-Brabant to pursue a more active policy in the coming years to link Van Gogh more explicitly to Brabant. Interestingly, the new acquisition actually depicts one of the Van Gogh cultural heritage sites in Brabant.
Van Gogh in Het Noordbrabants Museum
Het Noordbrabants Museum is the only museum in the southern part of the Netherlands to exhibit original works by Vincent van Gogh. The new acquisition will be added to the display in the Van Gogh pavilion. Owing to its fragility, the watercolour will now be shown only until 19 March 2017.