Head of a Peasant Woman with White Cap JH 561

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Head of a Peasant Woman with White Cap (F 144, JH 561) by Vincent van Gogh
Head of a Peasant Woman with White Cap
Oil on canvas on panel
40.5 × 30.5 cm (16 × 12 in)
Private collection
Painted December 1884, Nuenen
F 144, JH 561

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.

This painting has been in private hands from the beginning and no owner has ever shared a better image of the work. We do have a pen on paper drawing of the same model and pose that, while also not a perfect image, does reveal more than the photograph of the painting. Head of Peasant Woman (F 1174, JH 562) is posted below the provenance details of this painting.

Head of a Peasant Woman: Right Profile

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 Peasant Woman drawing (F 1174, JH 562)