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Great Dutch art museum you've never heard of-Kroller Muller

Van Gogh, Pink Peach Trees, 1888; like the Almond Blossom paintings at the Van Gogh Museum, this work is designed to evoke awakening and hope

Van Gogh, Pink Peach Trees, 1888; like the Almond Blossom paintings at the Van Gogh Museum, this work is designed to evoke awakening and hope

The museum is located in De Hoge Veluwe National Park and is covered by the MuseumKart; the park land was acquired at the beginning of the 20th century by a wealthy Dutch couple

The museum is located in De Hoge Veluwe National Park and is covered by the MuseumKart; the park land was acquired at the beginning of the 20th century by a wealthy Dutch couple

Kenneth Snelson, Needle Tower, 1968; this was my favorite work in the sculpture garden since the structure seemed to defy gravity

Kenneth Snelson, Needle Tower, 1968; this was my favorite work in the sculpture garden since the structure seemed to defy gravity

Looking up in Snelson's Needle Tower where you're left wondering how the tower stands since the cables must be support structures rather than just connections

Looking up in Snelson's Needle Tower where you're left wondering how the tower stands since the cables must be support structures rather than just connections

Signac, Harbor of Marseille, 1898; the large sculpture garden was pleasant with the scent of spruce trees in the air

Signac, Harbor of Marseille, 1898; the large sculpture garden was pleasant with the scent of spruce trees in the air

Renoir, In the Cafe, 1877; this museum was enjoyable because, even though crowded, it wasn't claustrophobic

Renoir, In the Cafe, 1877; this museum was enjoyable because, even though crowded, it wasn't claustrophobic

Van Gogh, Loom with Weaver, 1884; the museum has many very early Van Gogh's so they demonstrate how his painting style evolves over time

Van Gogh, Loom with Weaver, 1884; the museum has many very early Van Gogh's so they demonstrate how his painting style evolves over time

Picasso, Violin, 1912; the museum does a nice job of complementing the Van Goghs with quality works from other modern masters

Picasso, Violin, 1912; the museum does a nice job of complementing the Van Goghs with quality works from other modern masters

Mondriaan, Tableau number 1, 1913; Kroller-Muller had a fondness for collecting the works of Dutch artists (her husband was Dutch) although she was German

Mondriaan, Tableau number 1, 1913; Kroller-Muller had a fondness for collecting the works of Dutch artists (her husband was Dutch) although she was German

Metzinger, Woman with Pheasant, 1926; the Kroller-Mullers bought 11,500  works of art, one of the largest private collections of the 20th century

Metzinger, Woman with Pheasant, 1926; the Kroller-Mullers bought 11,500+ works of art, one of the largest private collections of the 20th century

Van Gogh; Terrace of a Cafe at Night, 1888; perhaps the most famous Van Gogh here, the artist was looking at how to paint a nightscape without black paint

Van Gogh; Terrace of a Cafe at Night, 1888; perhaps the most famous Van Gogh here, the artist was looking at how to paint a nightscape without black paint

Christo, 56 Barrels, 1977; I think I've seen similar artwork lining the Houston Ship Channel that would come much cheaper than a work from Christo

Christo, 56 Barrels, 1977; I think I've seen similar artwork lining the Houston Ship Channel that would come much cheaper than a work from Christo

Krijn Giezen, Look Out Attention, 2005; this cool staircase goes up a hill and then just keeps going offering great views around the national park

Krijn Giezen, Look Out Attention, 2005; this cool staircase goes up a hill and then just keeps going offering great views around the national park

The Netherlands isn't all canals and polders; in the eastern part of the country there are forests and horse farms

The Netherlands isn't all canals and polders; in the eastern part of the country there are forests and horse farms

Henry Moore, Animal Head, 1956; the sculpture garden and museum are located within the Netherlands largest national park

Henry Moore, Animal Head, 1956; the sculpture garden and museum are located within the Netherlands largest national park

Rogge, Tent Project, 1975; it's been the hottest, driest summer on record here with some of the rhododendrons dying

Rogge, Tent Project, 1975; it's been the hottest, driest summer on record here with some of the rhododendrons dying

With 160 works on 25 hectares, the Kroller-Muller Sculpture Garden is one of the largest in Europe

With 160 works on 25 hectares, the Kroller-Muller Sculpture Garden is one of the largest in Europe

The museum is in a national park which you have to pay 9.50 euros to enter; there are free bikes to ride the 2 kms to the museum or to ride around the park

The museum is in a national park which you have to pay 9.50 euros to enter; there are free bikes to ride the 2 kms to the museum or to ride around the park

This miniature horse recognized me as a kindred spirit and maybe his long lost twin; the museum is located near Otterlo which is a tiny town close to Arnhem in eastern Holland

This miniature horse recognized me as a kindred spirit and maybe his long lost twin; the museum is located near Otterlo which is a tiny town close to Arnhem in eastern Holland

Van Gogh, The Potato Eaters, 1885; Van Gogh considered this one of his finest works and it's certainly the masterpiece of his Dutch period

Van Gogh, The Potato Eaters, 1885; Van Gogh considered this one of his finest works and it's certainly the masterpiece of his Dutch period

Cezanne, Road Leading to the Lake, 1880; Helene considered buying A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, which turned out to be an important icon of 20th-century art, but her art adviser recommended against it

Cezanne, Road Leading to the Lake, 1880; Helene considered buying A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, which turned out to be an important icon of 20th-century art, but her art adviser recommended against it

Monet, Studio Boat, 1874; this was the only Monet exhibited and not one of his masterpieces

Monet, Studio Boat, 1874; this was the only Monet exhibited and not one of his masterpieces

Redon, Bouquet of Wildflowers, 1905; there was a huge special exhibition of Redon's works at the museum but this was the only piece I liked

Redon, Bouquet of Wildflowers, 1905; there was a huge special exhibition of Redon's works at the museum but this was the only piece I liked

Pissarro, February sunrise, Bazincourt, 1893;  I've really grown to love the colorful landscapes of Sisley and Pissarro

Pissarro, February sunrise, Bazincourt, 1893; I've really grown to love the colorful landscapes of Sisley and Pissarro

Van Gogh, Roses and Peonies, 1886; Helene was born into a wealthy industrialist family in Essen and married a Dutch shipping and mining tycoon so her ability to purchase art was unlimited

Van Gogh, Roses and Peonies, 1886; Helene was born into a wealthy industrialist family in Essen and married a Dutch shipping and mining tycoon so her ability to purchase art was unlimited

Van Rysselberghe, In July Before Noon, 1890; this Dutch artist, that I had not heard of, seems to be inspired by Seurat

Van Rysselberghe, In July Before Noon, 1890; this Dutch artist, that I had not heard of, seems to be inspired by Seurat

Fantin-Latour, Mademoiselle Charlotte Dubourg, 1882; part of the enjoyment of this museum is the pastoral surroundings and absence of rowdy tourists

Fantin-Latour, Mademoiselle Charlotte Dubourg, 1882; part of the enjoyment of this museum is the pastoral surroundings and absence of rowdy tourists

Kapoor, Turning the World Inside Out, 1993; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts recently acquired a Kapoor which stands in Glassell School Plaza

Kapoor, Turning the World Inside Out, 1993; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts recently acquired a Kapoor which stands in Glassell School Plaza

I've had great weather but today the monsoons arrived in Otterlo; fortunately, I went to the museum early and got my visit in before the bad weather arrived

I've had great weather but today the monsoons arrived in Otterlo; fortunately, I went to the museum early and got my visit in before the bad weather arrived

Van Gogh, Bridge at Arles, 1888; Kroller-Muller was one of the first collectors to recognize the genius of Van Gogh and made him the centerpiece of her collection

Van Gogh, Bridge at Arles, 1888; Kroller-Muller was one of the first collectors to recognize the genius of Van Gogh and made him the centerpiece of her collection

Seurat, Harbor Entrance at Honfleur, 1886; Helene Kroller-Muller donated her collection to the Netherlands in 1938

Seurat, Harbor Entrance at Honfleur, 1886; Helene Kroller-Muller donated her collection to the Netherlands in 1938

Sol LeWitt, Untitled, 1992; I can see why this is untitled since I don't have a clue what this bunch of cinder blocks is supposed to be and what qualifies it as art

Sol LeWitt, Untitled, 1992; I can see why this is untitled since I don't have a clue what this bunch of cinder blocks is supposed to be and what qualifies it as art

Marta Pan, Amphitheatre, 2007; another piece where I'm left pondering the bounds of art, especially versus architecture

Marta Pan, Amphitheatre, 2007; another piece where I'm left pondering the bounds of art, especially versus architecture

Richard Serra, One, 1988; so many sculptures, even famous ones like this, tested the limits of my art appreciation

Richard Serra, One, 1988; so many sculptures, even famous ones like this, tested the limits of my art appreciation

Van Gogh, Wheat Stacks in Provence, 1888; this museum has the second most Van Gogh's in the world (87) after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Van Gogh, Wheat Stacks in Provence, 1888; this museum has the second most Van Gogh's in the world (87) after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

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