Head of a Woman, 1885

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

  • Oil on Canvas, 43 X 30 cm
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
    (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)
  • F 160

Gordina de Groot was one of the daughters of the De Groot family, who posed for The potato eaters. Gordina was Van Gogh’s favorite model in Nuenen, and at least 20 studies of her are known to exist. This portrait is one of the few the artist signed. He almost certainly recognized in Gordina the type of peasant woman he so admired in the work of his idol Jean-François Millet: those with ‘coarse, flat faces, low foreheads and thick lips, not sharp but full.’

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