Head of a Peasant Woman with Dark Cap JH 548

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Head of a Peasant Woman with Dark Cap (F 136a, JH 548) by Vincent van Gogh
Head of a Peasant Woman with Dark Cap
Oil on canvas on panel
35 × 26 cm (13.75 × 10.25 in)
Private collection
Painted December 1884, Nuenen
F 136a, JH 548

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.

Like may of the privately held paintings there is no great image of the work available. We are lucky to also have a drawing Vincent did of the same woman, pencil and brown ink on paper, called Head of a Woman (F 1176, JH 549), and have posted it below the provenance details of the painting.

Head of a Peasant Woman with Dark Cap: Full Face

C. Mouwen, Jr., Breda;
Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam;
T. G. M. van Hettinga Tromp, The Hague;
Mrs. H. T. Feldmann-van Hettinga Tromp, Epse (Acquired 1962);
Private Collection, Amsterdam;
Auction, Christie's, New York (5 May 1985);
Private collection, Japan.

Head of a Woman drawing, pencil and brown ink (F 1176, JH 549) border=