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Nuenen, windmill: de Roosdonck
Nuenen, windmill: de Roosdonck
Nuenen is located in North Brabant
Location in North Brabant in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 51°28′24″N 5°32′48″E / 51.47333°N 5.54667°E / 51.47333; 5.54667
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
Municipality Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten
Population (December 30 2009) 22,437

Nuenen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈnynə(n)]) is a town in the municipality of Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten in the Netherlands. From 1883 to 1885, Vincent van Gogh lived and worked in Nuenen. In 1944, the town was a battle scene during Operation Market Garden. The local dialect is called Peellands. In 2009, Nuenen had a population of 22,437.


World War 2[edit]

During Operation Market Garden on September 20, 1944, Nuenen was the scene of a battle involving the American 506th PIR of the 101st Airborne Division and the British 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars of the 11th Armoured Division equipped with Cromwell tanks, against the German 107th Panzer Brigade. The British lost two tanks, and four American and three British soldiers were killed. The Germans suffered two killed. The fight is dramatized in episode 4 "Replacements" of the television series Band of Brothers.


The spoken language is Peellands (an East Brabantian dialect, which is very similar to colloquial Dutch).[1]

Notable residents[edit]

In 1882 Van Gogh's father became a pastor in Nuenen and the family lived at the vicarage at Nuenen. After a stay in Drenthe for several months, Van Gogh moved to live with his parents in December 1883 and stayed there until May 1885.[2] Vincent van Gogh resided in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885. During that time he painted many character studies of peasants and weavers that culminated in The Potato Eaters, and paintings of still life. He also painted his father's church, vicarage and its garden, one such work being Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen (Het uitgaan van de hervormde kerk te Nuenen) depicting the church (which is sited in a green park area on the east side of the western end of the street Papenvoort in the north of Nuenen, and on the west side of the street Houtrijk, which turns off Papenvoort just north of the church). This painting was stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in December 2002. There is a street named after it in the town, as well as a cafe, college and bar. A statue of Van Gogh is located in the central park of the town.

Edsger W. Dijkstra died in Nuenen on 6 August 2002 after a long struggle with cancer. The following year, the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) PODC Influential Paper Award in distributed computing was renamed the Dijkstra Prize in his honor.


Episode Four of TV WWII Miniseries Band of Brothers is partly set in Nuenen.


  1. ^ Jos & Cor Swanenberg: Taal in stad en land: Oost-Brabants, ISBN 9012090105
  2. ^ "The Vicarage at Nuenen, 1885". Permanent Collection. Van Gogh Museum. 2005–2011. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Nuenen at Wikimedia Commons
  • Nuenen travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 51°28′N 5°33′E / 51.467°N 5.550°E / 51.467; 5.550