An Old Woman of Arles

An Old Woman of Arles

"The studies I have are an old woman of Arles, a landscape with snow, a view of a stretch of pavement with a butcher’s shop. The women really are beautiful here, it’s no joke" Vincent To Theo. Arles, on or about Friday, 24 February 1888
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Painting Date
30th of November -0001
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Van Gogh Museum:Van Gogh painted this woman while staying in the Carrel hotel in the southern French city of Arles. It is probably Elisabeth Garcin, the hotel owner’s mother-in-law. She was 68 years old at the time. The knotted black kerchief on her head was a typical part of a widow’s mourning dress. Part of a bed can be seen in the background.

Throughout his life, Van Gogh liked to paint things and people that bore the marks of a hard life. This figure study can be seen in that context.

“The studies I have are an old woman of Arles, a landscape with snow, a view of a stretch of pavement with a butcher’s shop. The women really are beautiful here, it’s no joke”

Vincent To Theo. Arles, on or about Friday, 24 February 1888

 

Painted just after arriving in Arles, probably between Wednesday February 22nd to Friday the 24th in 1888.  He is living at the Restaurant Carrel at this point and Arles is experiencing a very cold February with more snow to come next week and no break from the cold until a week into March.

 

Painting, Oil on Canvas
Arles: February, 1888
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe
F: 390, JH: 1357

Where Vincent Was:
Arles

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