Head of a Woman F 159

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Head of a Woman (F 159, JH NONE) by Vincent van Gogh
Head of a Peasant Woman
Oil on canvas on panel
47.8 × 34.8 cm (18.8 × 13.4 in)
Van Gogh Museum
Painted November 1884 - May 1885, Nuenen
F 159, JH NONE

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.

Some sources (Van Gogh, The Complete Works. Walther, Metzger. Taschen, 1996) indicate that the attribution of this work to Vincent is disputed, and it has no JH catalog number assigned. It is unclear but the provenance seems solid and the painting is recognized by the Van Gogh Museum as a correct attribution.

Sketch of the Head of a Peasant Woman: Full Face, Light Background

H. P. Bremmer, The Hague;
Heirs of H. P. Bremmer, The Hague;
Van Wisselingh Art Gallery, Amsterdam (Acquired March 1960);
H. A. D. Thomas, Amsterdam (1962);
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam, Netherlands.