Woman with a Mourning Shawl F 161

Woman with a Mourning Shawl (F 161, JH 788) by Vincent van Gogh
Woman with a Mourning Shawl
Oil on canvas on panel
45.5 × 33 cm (18 × 13 in)
Van Gogh Museum
Painted March - May 1885, Nuenen
F 161, JH 788

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.

Hooded Peasant Woman: Half Length
Head of a Peasant Woman in a Green Shawl

Mrs. J. van Gogh-Bonger, Amsterdam;
V. W. van Gogh, Laren;
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam, Netherlands.