Henri van Abbe

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Portrait of Henri van Abbe by Pieter van der Hem [nl] (1929)

Henri Jacob van Abbe (Dutch pronunciation: [ɦɑ̃ːˈri ˈjaːkɔp fɑn ˈɑbə];[1] 8 January 1880 – 18 November 1940) was a Dutch tobacco industrialist and art collector. He is the founder of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.


Henri Jacob van Abbe was born on 8 January 1880 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

He was a cigar manufacturer in Eindhoven, and in 1900 he started a small cigar factory in Amsterdam which grew into a prosperous business. An avid art collector and lover of art, he founded the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven in 1936, which he gave a major donation to.[2][3]

With Tinus van Bakel, a colleague in tobacco and art, he regularly traveled to Belgium in the 1930s to buy art. One of the places they visited (in 1936) was the artists' colony of Sint-Martens-Latem.[4]

Van Abbe died on 18 November 1940 in Eindhoven.


  1. ^ In isolation, van is pronounced [vɑn].
  2. ^ Bevolo, Marco (9 October 2009). The Golden Crossroads: Multidisciplinary Findings for Business Success from the Worlds of Fine Arts, Design and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-230-25069-7.
  3. ^ Lorente, Jesús Pedro (2011). The Museums of Contemporary Art: Notion and Development. Ashgate. p. 100. ISBN 9781409405863.
  4. ^ Boyens, Piet (1998). Sint-Martens-Latem. Lannoo. p. 147. ISBN 9789020934977.

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