Biography Anton Kröller
Since September 2010, economist Ariëtte Dekker, under the supervision of the Biography Institute at the University of Groningen, has been conducting doctoral research in preparation for a biography of Anton Kröller (1862-1941), the husband of Helene Kröller-Müller. This influential, though not uncontroversial businessman expanded the company Wm H. Müller & Co (shipping and ore trading), which he and Helene inherited from her father, into an international concern that spanned the globe. With the money earned, during the nineteen tens and twenties the Kröllers acquired the extensive art collection, they bought the country estates that would later become De Hoge Veluwe and they built the prestigious St. Hubertus hunting lodge. An important research question for the biography is how Anton Kröller was able to make such a vast amount of money in a very short period, and how and why he eventually lost control of his business.
The research is supported financially by the Kröller-Müller Museum and the De Hoge Veluwe National Park. The book is (provisionally) due for publication in the spring of 2015, to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the De Hoge Veluwe National Park.