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Nunspeet Artists’ Village opened its own art museum, the Noord-Veluws Museum, on 1 November 2014. The museum provides a platform for artists who came to the northern part of the Veluwe to live and work.
At a time when industry and urbanisation was emerging, they discovered the beauty of the countryside and of living close to nature. New artists’ colonies regularly arose during the 19th century following the example of Barbizon, the famous artists’ colony near Paris. Artists from The Hague or Amsterdam left the city in search of new inspiration in unspoilt places in and around Nunspeet and Elspeet. As a result, an artists’ colony was formed there at the end of the 19th century. Over 200 fine artists ultimately worked in the region between 1885 and 1950.