Kröller-Müller Museum works: the unmissable masterpieces

Kröller-Müller museum


Kröller-Müller Museum works and masterpieces are the protagonists of this third event dedicated to the artistic marvels of the Netherlands.
This museum is a bit off the ordinary tourists’ itinerary, but is worth a visit because it houses the second most important Van Gogh collection in the world, after that of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

After discovering together the Mauritshuis Museum works and the masterpieces of the Rijksmuseum, the Kröller-Müller Museum art collection will make you discover another major Dutch museum, which houses not only Van Gogh’s works but also works by many other artists.

Kröller-Müller Museum works: the unmissable masterpieces

Kröller-Müller museum

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Café Terrace at Night by van Gogh (1888)

Café Terrace at Night | Van Gogh works

Café Terrace at Night by van Gogh (1888)

The Cafè Terrace in Arles is still the same, exactly like van Gogh painted it in 1888. What the artist wanted to depict was the nocturnal view and the atmosphere created by the light: the light brightening the alley of Arles and stars illuminating the dark sky.
When looking at the painting, don’t you feel like you’re walking down the street?

Van Gogh, however, not only describes what he sees, but he also paints the silhouettes of the clients of the café and people walking by, and you feel like you’re listening to their small talks and happy laughters.

Pollard willows at sunset by van Gogh (1888)

Vincent van Gogh | Pollard willows at sunset

Vincent van Gogh, Pollard willows at sunset, 1888

This painting was executed in autumn 1888.
The point of view allows the viewer to feel almost lying in the grass or at least overwhelmed by nature, which seems to generate a powerful energy.

The Dutch artist was living a moment of deep happiness and, in that period, he wrote to his brother Theo that he was spending all his time painting and he was in a moment of evolution of his style.
In fact, he wrote that he no longer drew with the charcoal pencil before painting anymore, but he painted by using directly the colour.

Preparatory Study for The Potato Eaters by Van Gogh (1885)

Potato Eaters | Van Gogh

Preparatory Study for The Potato Eaters by Van Gogh

Among the works on display in the Kröller-Müller Museum is the study for this Van Gogh’s painting which is one of works of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam you shouldn’t miss.

Before executing the painting, Van Gogh made dozens of sketches and preparatory studies and this one, housed at the Kröller-Müller Museum, is maybe one of those and is the preparatory drawing which is closest to the final painting.

Breakfast (The Dining Room) by Paul Signac (1886-1887)

Paul Signac | breakfast | dining room

Breakfast (The Dining Room) by Paul Signac

In the beginning Signac was an Impressionist painter but in 1884 when he met Georges Seurat his artistic research reached a turning point.
Signac developed a passion for the colour theory and Pointillist painting technique of his friend Seurat and this painting, on display in the Kröller-Müller Museum, is considered the artist’s first Pointillist work.

The Clown by Renoir (1868)

Renoir | clown

The Clown by Renoir

The painting was made for the Café of Cirque d’Hiver (Cirque Napoléon) but the work remained in Renoir’s studio because the theatre went into bankruptcy.

It was supposed to be an advertising poster or a decoration for the Café, and Renoir chose to portray an artist who really performed in the Parisian theatre, to depict him in the typical pose of Renaissance warlords.


To arrange your visit, book and buy your ticket visit the official website of the Kröller-Müller Museum.

However, you can also explore the museum from home through the eyes of 3 vloggers. You can watch the videos with their own first visit to the museum in the section Inspiration Vlogs.

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