Head of a Peasant Woman with Dark Cap JH 593

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Head of a Peasant Woman with Dark Cap (F 137, JH 593) by Vincent van Gogh
Head of a Peasant Woman with Dark Cap
Oil on canvas
40 × 30.5 cm (15.75 × 12 in)
National Gallery
United Kingdom
Painted January 1885, Nuenen
F 137, JH 593

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.

Bust of a Peasant Woman: Full Face, Light Background

Mrs. E. A. Redelé-van der Hoeven, Laren;
F. de Jonge;
Sale Amsterdam (Mak van Waay) 11 May 1926;
d'Audretsch Art Gallery, The Hague;
Valentin Art Gallery, Munich;
Mrs. H. Nordin, Stockholm (1941);
Private collection, displayed at National Gallery, London.