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ID number: BIRBI-61.8
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Gogh, Vincent van (1853-1890)
Title / Object name / Definition: A peasant woman digging
Object type: Painting
Date made: 1885
Materials: Oil on canvas laid on panel
Measurements: 42 x 32 cm
Provenance: Private collection, Germany; purchased from Mrs Gillian Solomons (later Sinclair-Hogg) in 1961 for £10,000.
Description: Painted in July 1885, when the artist was living at Nuenen, near Eindhoven in the Netherlands, the picture was influenced by the peasant subjects of J.-F. Millet (compare it with Millet's Milkmaid). On 6 July van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo: "I have here before me some figures: a woman ... seen from the front, her head almost on the ground, digging carrots. I have been watching those peasant figures here for more than a year and a half, especially their action, just to catch their character".
Notes: Exhibited: 'Nineteenth and Twentieth Century European Masters', Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., London, 1959, no. 77; 'Vincent van Gogh', National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 1985, no. 33; 'French Impressionism: Treasures from the Midlands', Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, 1991, p. 42; 'The Real van Gogh: The Artist and his Letters', Royal Academy, London, 2010, no. 38.
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