Helene - Een vrouw tussen liefde en kunst

Leo de Boer Short documentary - 2011 - 52 min.

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Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939) bought Van Goghs like other women buy shoes and purses. Where did the collector’s mania of this woman, who used to be the richest woman in the Netherlands, come from? Art historian and biographer Eva Rovers drew from the thousands of letters that Helene wrote to her lover Sam van Deventer, who was twenty years her junior. Her motivation was soon disclosed: ‘This museum was born out of grief’, Helene writes herself. After a religious crisis, she sought comfort in art.
Rovers takes us on a trip through Helene’s world and spirit. She visits her study and speaks with her granddaughter Hedwig and Helene’s daughter’s son-in-law. The relationship with Sam didn’t go down well with the children, they explain, although Anton Müller apparently didn’t mind. Helene made Van Gogh world-famous. The crisis forced her to transfer ownership of the collection to the Dutch state, who built the Kröller-Müller museum in return.


Director(s) Leo de Boer
Producer(s) Suzanne van Voorst
Production Company IDTV Docs
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Marc Wesner
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