Head of a Peasant Woman JH 574

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Head of a Peasant Woman (F 132, JH 574) by Vincent van Gogh
Head of a Peasant Woman
Oil on canvas on panel
40 × 32.5 cm (15.75 × 12.75 in)
Private collection
Painted December 1884, Nuenen
F 132, JH 574

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.

Unfortunately this painting has been in private collections for decades and rarely is sold or transferred. Even though it was in an auction in 1968 there seems to be no decent images of the work.

Head of a Peasant Woman: Left Profile

Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam;
H. Tutein Nolthenius, Delft;
Mrs. Müller, The Hague;
Walrecht, Art Gallery, The Hague;
E. M. Brändlin, Naarden (Until 1961);
B. de Bruin;
Sale London (Christie's) 6-10 December 1968;
Private collection.