Head of a Peasant Woman

In 1883 Van Gogh settled in Nuenen, a village in North Brabant in the Netherlands, where his father was a minister. There he observed the lives of peasants as he established himself as a painter of working people. This is one of over 40 heads he painted that winter.

Dark, coarse and unidealised, the study was executed before the artist received any form of artistic training.

© Private Collection. Photo: National Gallery, London

Key facts

Artist dates
1853 - 1890
Full title
Head of a Peasant Woman
Date made
about 1884
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
40.3 x 30.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Accepted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme by HM Government and allocated to The National Gallery, 2013
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Further information

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