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Vincent van Gogh. A woman with a spade, seen from behind

A woman with a spade, seen from behind

Gogh, Vincent van
Dutch, 1853 - 1890
A woman with a spade, seen from behind c 1885
oil on canvas on wood panel
41.7 x 32.3 cm
Gift of Ann and Lawrence Heisey, 1997
© 2003 Art Gallery of Ontario


C. Mouwen Jr, Breda. Private Collection (Peletier?), Netherlands, by 1956.[1] G. Ribbius Peletier [-1969], Utrecht; upon Peletier’s death, the painting becomes part of “Stichting Peletier tot behoud van het Landgoed Linschoten.”[2] (sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., London, 1 July 1980). Ann and Lawrence Heisey, Toronto; gift 1997 to AGO
Not known exactly when it entered C. Mouwen Jr. collection in Breda.[1] Faille 1939, no. 105, no. F. 95 is the earliest published, work found to date, including C. Mouwen, Breda in the provenance. See also, Wisselingh & Co. (Amsterdam) 1956, no. 21.[2] During Peletier Jr’s ownership a bracketed note elaborates, “lent to dealer Dr. Ir M. De Wild, The Hague (label on verso) and to Centraal Museum, Utrecht; after 1969 owned by Stichting Peletier tot behoud van het Landgoed Linschoten,” anonymous, cataloguing report with heading, “Section 6,” n.d., Accession 97/156. It is unclear when the work was lent to Dr. Ir. De Wild or to the Centraal Museum, Utrecht.

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