Until recently, that museum was not particularly conspicuous or rich. However, in 2016 they organized the big Hieronymus Bosch exhibition which attracted much attention.
That 1885 watercolour cost a million euro. The museum had never before bought an art work more expensive than 200,000 euro.
In 2017, they bought The water mill at Kollen, made by Van Gogh in 1884, for three million euro.
The most recent buying of the Still life with bottles and seashell cost 2,5 million euro.
Much money as that is, it is still comparatively cheap for Van Gogh works. These three Van Goghs are from the beginning of the painter’s career, when his work was not yet as colourful as later.
Yet, once again, some people now made lots of money from Van Gogh’s work, in stark contrast to the artist himself when he was alive.