|The Kröller-Müller Museum, which opened in 1938,
is in the Hoge Veluwe National Park in the Netherlands.
Last week during our birding and art voyage in the Netherlands, one of the highlights was our visit to the Kröller-Müller Museum, founded by Helene Kröller-Müller, a brilliant art collector. As one of the first to realize the greatness of Vincent Van Gogh, she was able to assemble an astounding number of his works, beginning in the early 20th century not that long after his death.
|Along the peaceful paths of the park are many works of art, with more in the museum’s sculpture garden.
Our walk through the beautiful woods and along the waterways in the park was very enjoyable. However, not far from the park is a military installation with a firing range, and in the distance we could hear practice artillery, which we understand was a training mission for Ukranian soldiers learning to defend their country. As I heard the distant booms of the guns, I thought about the peaceful situation in our world right now — and how peace is so fragile!
|Blackbirds on the path.
A few Paintings from the Museum
|A very different Van Gogh sunflower painting.
Camille Pissarro, "February, sunrise, Bazincourt," 1893. Along with other Impressionists, Pissarro was an
influence on Van Gogh, who was friendly with Pissarro’s son Lucien.
|Van Gogh, “Lane of Poplars at Sunset.”
|Van Gogh, "Olive grove," 1889.