Around 1880, the farming and weaving village of Laren, east of Amsterdam, became popular with artists. Their favourite motifs were farmhouse interiors and the heath, for which Anton Mauve, in particular, is especially noted. After 1900 modern painters as Piet Mondrian moved to the village. Among the foreign painters was the American William H. Singer Jr. who settled in Laren with his wife Anna in 1902. Anna Singer founded in 1956 Singer Laren, museum and theatre, and donated their collection of international works of art to the museum. The artists colony flourished until the later 1920s. Today, Laren is a charming modern, yet historical village with many shops, restaurants and Singer Laren. The history of the artists can be found in the museum collection and in the old artists villas and studios. Several modern artists live and work in Laren.
At top: Evert Pieters, Mother and child, oil on canvas, 79 x 93 cm, Collection Singer Laren, photograph Tom Haartsen
Middle: Anton Mauve, Snowy landscape at sunset, oil on canvas, 51 x 34 cm., Collection Singer Laren, photograph Tom Haartsen
Below: Cornelis Vreedenburgh, The pub of the hotel of Jan Hamdorff 1921, oil on canvas, 46 x 76,5 cm, Collection Singer Laren – Permanent loan of the community of Laren, photograph Tom Haartsen