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Property from an Important Boston Estate

Vincent Van Gogh

Head of a Peasant

Auction Closed

May 16, 12:52 AM GMT


1,500,000 - 2,500,000 USD

Lot Details


Property from an Important Boston Estate 

Vincent van Gogh

1853 - 1890


Head of a Peasant

oil on canvas

9 ⅞ by 7 ½ in. 

25.1 by 19 cm. 

Executed in January-March 1885.  

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Please note, the updated medium and support for this work is 'oil on canvas.'

Oldenzeel Gallery, Rotterdam

David Klinkhamer, Amsterdam

A. Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 4 November 1930, lot 76 (consigned by the above)

Kunsthandel Frans Buffa and Zonen, Amsterdam

Frederico Jorge Logemann, Bremen

Theodor Werner, Berlin

Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett, Stuttgart, 25-27 April 1951, lot 1344

Theodor Werner, Berlin 

Galerie Paul Römer, Berlin

Galerie Günther Franke, Munich

Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett, Stuttgart, 3-4 May 1962, lot 128

Marlborough Fine Art, London

Donald and Jean Stralem, New York (acquired from the above in September 1962)

Sotheby's, New York, 8 May 1995, lot 11 (consigned by the above)

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Jacob-Baart de la Faille, Vincent Van Gogh, Paris, 1939, no.161, F 153b, pl. 136, illustrated (catalogued as canvas on wood and dated 1885)

Jacob-Baart de la Faille, The Works of Vincent van Gogh: His Paintings and Drawings, London,1970, no. 153a (formerly no. 153bis), p. 92, illustrated

Paolo Lecaldano, L’Opera pittorica completa di Van Gogh e i suoi nessi grafici, vol. I, Milan, 1971, no. 85, p. 99, illustrated (dated December 1884)

Ingo F. Walther and Rainer Metzger, Vincent Van Gogh, vol. I, Cologne, 1990, p. 69, illustrated (titled Head of a Peasant Woman with a Dark Cap and dated January 1885)

Giovanni Testori and Luisa Arrigoni, Van Gogh Catalogo complete dei dipinti, Florence, 1990, no. 95, p. 50, illustrated (dated January 1885)

Jan Hulsker, The New Complete Van Gogh Paintings, Drawings, Sketches, Philadelphia and Amsterdam, 1996, no. 586, p. 133, illustrated (dated December 1884-January 1885)

Ingo F. Walther and Rainer Metzger, Vincent Van Gogh. The Complete Paintings, Cologne, 2001, p. 69, illustrated (dated January 1885)

Martha Op de Coul “In Search of Van Gogh’s Neunen Studio: the Oldenzeel Exhibitions of 1903,” in Van Gogh Museum Journal, Amsterdam, 2002, pp. 115 and 119

Rotterdam, Kunstzalen Oldenzeel, Vincent van Gogh, 1903, no. 14 or no. 24

(probably) Amsterdam, Kunsthandel Frans Buffa and Zonen, Fransche, Vlaamsche en Hollandsche kunst, 1931, n.n. 

Berliner Festwochen, Bezirksamt Tiergarten, Vincent van Gogh Gëmalde und Zeichnungen, 1853-1953, 1953, no. 4 (dated 1885)

London, Marlborough Fine Art, French Masters, 1962, no. 23, p. 25, illustrated (dated 1885) 

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Van Gogh and Expressionism, 1964, n.n.

New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1990 (on loan)