Head of a Peasant with Cap JH 563

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Head of a Peasant with Cap (F 160a, JH 563) by Vincent van Gogh
Head of a Peasant with Cap
Oil on canvas
39 × 30 cm (15.25 × 11.75 in)
Art Gallery of New South Wales
New South Wales
Painted December 1884, Nuenen
F 160a, JH 563

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.

Luckily this work has a better, though small, image available to view, and in addition we also have a drawing of the same model and pose, Head of a Man (F 1198, JH 564). The drawing is done in pencil and brown ink with line drawings and a wash of color, and is signed in the lower left corner. Many of these studies of heads of peasants were working towards Vincent's first recognized masterpiece, The Potato Eaters.

Portrait of a Peasant

C. Mouwen, Jr., Breda;
Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam;
G. Ribbius Peletier, Utrecht;
Mrs. L. Schokking-Ribbius Peletier, Doorn;
Van Wisselingh Art Gallery, Amsterdam;
Miss Olive Hosmer, Montreal (1962);
Private collection.

Head of a Man drawing (F 1198, JH 564) border=