Head of an Old Peasant Woman with White Cap JH 550

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Head of an Old Peasant Woman with White Cap (F 75, JH 550) by Vincent van Gogh
Head of an Old Peasant Woman with White Cap
Oil on canvas
36.5 × 29.5 cm (14.5 × 11.75 in)
Von der Heydt-Museum
Painted December 1884, Nuenen
F 75, JH 550

Vincent entered the winter of 1884-1885 with a definite plan to work hard on his art. Since the weather was too difficult and cold to paint outside he determined to do a series of as many as 50 studies of peasant's heads, and this is one of a long series of these works. The palette is still dark but Vincent really has developed his own style that is evident in these portraits. They can be difficult to distinguish one from the other so note the F and JH catalog numbers when required.

Head of an Old Peasant Woman: Full Face, with White Cap

L. C. Enthoven, Voorburg, Netherlands;
Sale Enthoven, Amsterdam (F. Muller) 18 May 1920;
J. Hageraats Art Gallery, The Hague;
E. Baron von der Heydt, Ascona;
Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (On loan);
Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal (Bequest of E. Baron von der Heydt) 1964.