Journal Article

Monument to an industrialist's wife

Eva Rovers

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 21, issue 2, pages 241-252
Published in print November 2009 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online June 2009 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhp022
Monument to an industrialist's wife

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With her collection of modern art, the German-Dutch collector Helene Kröller-Müller (1869–1939) founded one of the first museums of modern art in Europe. It seems that the passion with which she collected sprang not so much from her love of art as from a personal pursuit of self-definition and recognition. This pursuit led Kröller-Müller to assemble an extraordinary collection of modern art that included almost 100 paintings by Vincent van Gogh (1853–90). It also led to Kröller-Müller's decision to make her collection accessible to the public, to found a museum of modern art and ultimately to leave this museum to the state of The Netherlands. In this way Kröller-Müller contributed to the reception of modern art in Europe.

Journal Article.  6077 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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