Head of a Peasant Woman with Dark Cap JH 586


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Head of a Peasant Woman with Dark Cap (F 153a, JH 586) by Vincent van Gogh
Head of a Peasant Woman with Dark Cap
Oil on canvas on panel
25 × 19 cm (9.75 × 7.5 in)
Private collection
Painted January 1885, Nuenen
F 153a, JH 586

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.

Another early portrait that has been in numerous private hands, changing ownership frequently over the decades, but as of yet no decent image has been made public.

ALSO KNOWN AS
Head of a Peasant Woman: Left Profile, Light Background

PROVENANCE
Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam;
D. Klinkhamer, Amsterdam;
Sale Amsterdam (Mak van Waay) 4 November 1930;
F. Buffa Art Gallery, Amsterdam;
F. Logeman, Bremen;
Th. Werner, Berlin;
Sale Stuttgart (Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett) 25-27 April 1951;
Th. Werner, Berlin;
Paul Roemer Art Gallery, Berlin;
G√ľnther Franke Art Gallery, Munich,
Sale Stuttgart (Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett) 3-4 May 1962;
Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Stralem, New York;
Private collection.