North Brabant Museum buys painting by Van Gogh again

The North Brabant Museum in Den Bosch has presented a new acquisition by Vincent van Gogh. The museum paid 1.6 million euros for the painting ‘Head of a woman‘.

The work is probably a preliminary study for the famous Potato Eaters, which hangs in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. It is a portrait of a peasant woman that Van Gogh painted during his Brabant period. The museum in Den Bosch has been looking for it for a long time, reports Omroep Brabant.

The painting can be seen in the museum until next Sunday, after which it will be refurbished. From March 2021 it will be on permanent display as part of the story of Van Gogh in Brabant.


According to the museum, the work is part of a series of paintings that the painter made in Nuenen in Brabant between November 1884 and May 1885. During this period Van Gogh concentrated on painting figures, including peasants and farm labourers.

“With their weathered faces they represented the hard peasant life, close to nature. Van Gogh was particularly interested in models with characteristic facial features. Van Gogh must have liked this unknown woman with her striking appearance; he recorded her several times,” writes the museum.

The North Brabant Museum was able to buy the Van Gogh at Christie’s in London thanks to support from sponsors and the BankGiro Lottery. The asking price was initially 2.5 million. The museum now owns five paintings by Van Gogh.