Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, March-April 1887
oil on canvas,
60.7 cm x 45.7 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Much as Van Gogh would have liked to paint more portraits, he didn’t often get the chance. In the spring of 1887, he had the opportunity to paint a young Parisian woman called Léonie Rose Charbuy-Davy. She was the niece of art dealer Pierre Firmin Martin, who sometimes exhibited Van Gogh’s paintings.
She is sitting by the fire, next to a baby’s cradle. The fire casts a red glow on the floor. The shape of the rest of the room is not entirely clear.