Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), 安特卫普, 1885年12月
50.5 cm x 39.8 cm
The old woman's grey hair sticks out from under her white cap. Van Gogh liked bonnets like this, which made a fine contrast with dark clothing and backgrounds. Using rough brushstrokes, Van Gogh suggested the shadows in her face.
In Antwerp (BE), Van Gogh wanted to master portrait painting. He heard from local art dealers that women's heads sold better than men's. From that time on, he focused on female models.