Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, September 1889
oil on canvas,
40 cm x 26 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Van Gogh painted this Peasant Woman Bruising Flax in a carefully balanced range of colours. He didn’t work from a live model, but from a black-and-white print. It was part of a series called Travaux des champs (‘Work in the Fields’), after paintings by Jean-François Millet (1814-1875). He copied all of the prints in the series.
Van Gogh was pleased with the result. He wrote to his brother Theo: ‘You’ll be surprised what effect the Travaux des champs take on in colour, it’s a very intimate series of his.’