Peasant Of The Camargue
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Vincent van Gogh, Dutch (Groot Zundert (Zundert), The Netherlands 1853 - 1890 Auvers-sur-Oise, France)
Peasant of the Camargue
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Portrait of Patience Escalier
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink over graphite on white wove paper
49.4 x 38 cm (19 7/16 x 14 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: brown ink, l.l.: Vincent
  • inscription: verso, along top edge, graphite: Inscription is partially torn off and difficult to read: rau- en[?] Enfr--- ynly[?]
  • inscription: verso, upper left, graphite: 108 cr [or ck?]
Mrs. J. van Gogh-Bonger, Amsterdam. Klas Fähraeus, Lindingö-Brevik, 1911. Thorsten Laurin, Stockholm. Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, New York (acquired in Paris through Martin Birnbaum), March 1931,bequest; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Charlotte Eng, "Examination of an Ink Drawing by Vincent van Gogh", Journal of Paper Conservation, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 19-25, p. 23

Waldemar George, Van Gogh (Paris, 1927), repro. (unpaged)

Jacob Baart de la Faille, L'oeuvre de Vincent van Gogh: catalogue raisonné, Les Editions G. van Oest (Paris, 1928), vol. 3, no. 1460, vol. 4, pl. 159

Julius Meier-Graefe, Vincent van Gogh: Der Zeichner, O. Wacker (Berlin, 1928), pl. 25

Wilhelm Uhde, Vincent van Gogh, Editions Phaidon (Vienna, Austria, 1936), repr. no. 24

René Huyghe, Van Gogh, Braun (Paris, 1937), pl. 19, also cover illustration

Carl Adam Johan Nordenfalk, Vincent van Gogh (Amsterdam, 1946 (reprinted 1990)), fig. 39

Agnes Mongan, ed., One Hundred Master Drawings, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1949), p. 192, repr.

Emmy Andriesse and Willem Josiah de Gruyter, De wereld van Van Gogh, Daamen (The Hague, 1953), ill. p. 70

Carl Adam Johan Nordenfalk, The Life and Work of Van Gogh, Philosophical Library (New York, 1953), pg. 146, pl. 39

Vincent van Gogh, The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh (Greenwich, CT, 1958), vol. 3, no. 520

Jan Gerrit van Gelder, De Schoonheid van ons Land: Beeldende Kunsten, Prenten en Tekeningen, Uitgeverij Contact (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1958), cat. no. 195, p. 99, repr. fig 195

Peter H. Feist, "Review of 'Vincent van Gogh: Sämtliche Briefe'", Bildende Kunst (Berlin, 1966), no. 5, pg. 275, repro.

Fritz Novotny, Über das "Elementare" in der Kunstgeschichte und andere Aufsätze, Verlag Brüder Rosenbaum (Vienna, 1968), pp. 44, 157, no. 25

Dorothy W. Gillerman, Gridley McKim-Smith, and Joan R. Mertens, Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1969), cat. no. 125, repr.

Jacob Baart de la Faille, The Works of Vincent Van Gogh, His Paintings and Drawings, Reynal (New York, NY, 1970)

Paolo Lecaldano, L'Opera pittorica completa di Van Gogh, Rizzoli Books (Milan, Italy, 1971), pg. 211, no. 543A, repro.

Evert van Uitert, Vincent van Gogh: Zeichnungen, DuMont (Cologne, 1977), p. 71

Evert van Uitert, Van Gogh Drawings, Overlook Press (Woodstock, NY, 1978), no. 71, repro.

Bernard Chaet, An Artist's Notebook: Techniques and Materials, Holt, Rinehart & Winston (New York, NY, 1979), repr. fig. 39

Jan Hulsker, The Complete van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings, Sketches (New York, NY, 1980), pp. 349-50, no. 1549, repro.

Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums, exh. cat., Abbeville Press/Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, 1985), fig. 42

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), no. 297, p. 254, repr.

Bruce Bernard, ed., Vincent by Himself: A Selection of van Gogh's Paintings and Drawings together with Extracts from his Letters, Little, Brown & Company (Boston, MA, 1985), color repr. p. 238

Johannes van der Wolk, The Seven Sketchbooks of Vincent Van Gogh, Thames & Hudson (London, England, 1987), repr. fig. 302

Vincent van Gogh: Painter, Printmaker, Collector, exh. cat., Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena, CA, 1990), repr. fig. 15

Johannes van der Wolk and Ronald Pickvance, Vincent van Gogh: Drawings, exh. cat., Arnoldo Mondadori Arte (Milan, 1990), pp. 233, 235-36, fig. 42

Nicholas Wadley, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Drawing, Dutton Studio Books, New York (New York, NY, 1991), pg. 272, pl. 95

Elizabeth Nicoline Heenk, "Vincent Van Gogh's Drawings: An Analysis of their Production and Uses" (Thesis, Courtauld Institute, University of London, 1995), Unpublished, pp. 176-78

Jan Hulsker, The new complete Van Gogh: paintings, drawings, sketches: revised and enlarged, J. M. Meulenhoff (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1996), repr. no. 1549

James Cuno, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, Harvard University Art Museums/Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), p. 236, ill. p. 237

Judith W. Simpson, Creating Meaning Through Art: Teacher as Choicemaker, Merrell (Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1998), repr. fig. 2.8

Edward Saywell, "Guide to Drawing Terms and Techniques", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1998), vol. VI, no. 2, pp. 30-39, p. 36 under "Reed pen"

Roland Dorn, Van Gogh Face to Face, The Portraits, exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI, 2000), fig. 228 (color)

Craigen Bowen and Barbara J. Mangum, "The User's Point of View: Micro-Fading Test Results and the Shaping of Exhibition Policy", The Broad Spectrum: Studies in the Materials, Techniques, and Conservation..., ed. Harriet K. Stratis, Archetype Publications (London, England, 2002), pp. 245-255, fig. 5.8, p. 247

Christopher Riopelle, Harvard's Winthrop Collection: Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, exh. cat., National Gallery Company Limited (London, 2003), p. 40, cat. 27, ill.

John A. Walker, Art and Celebrity, Pluto Press (London/Sterling, VA, 2003), fig. 52

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 47, repr.

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), cat. no. 47, repr. (color)

Colta Ives and Susan Alyson Stein, Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 2005), pp. 17, 224, fig. 29 (color), fig. 152

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 171, repr.

Deanna Petherbridge, The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice, Yale University Press (New Haven and London, 2010), p. 116, pl. 70

Vincent Pomarède, "La Collection Winthrop: A la recherche de la beauté pure", L'Estampille/L'Objet d'art (April 2003), no. 379, pp. 34-45, repr. p. 40 (color)

Vincent van Gogh and Emile Bernard, "Lettres de Vincent van Gogh à son frère Théodore", Mercure de France (Paris, August 1893), pg. 313

"Sixteen Reproductions", Harvard Alumni Bulletin (Cambridge, MA, January 8, 1944), vol. XLVI, pp. 217-20, repr.

Fritz Novotny, "Reflections on a Drawings by Van Gogh", Art Bulletin, College Art Association of America (New York, March 1953), vol. 35, pp. 39-41, figs. 3, 5

Anne Bertrand, "Winthrop: le dessein d'une collection", L'Oeil (March 2003), no. 545, p. 46

Meyer Schapiro, Vincent (New York, n.d.), pg. 98

Agnes Mongan, "Drawings and Watercolours" [Winthrop collection], Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, November 1943), vol. X, no. 2, pp. 53-57, no. F1460, repro.

Charles W. Millard, "A Chronology for Van Gogh's Drawings of 1888", Master Drawings, Master Drawings Association (New York, Summer 1974), vol. 12, no. 2, pg. 161, pl. 31

Agnes Mongan, "The Fogg Art Museum's Collection of Drawings", Harvard Library Bulletin (Cambridge, MA, Winter 1958), XII, no.2, pp. 196-209, p. 202

Exhibition History

Van Gogh Teekeningen, Rotterdamsche Kunstkring, Rotterdam, 01/01/1900 - 01/01/1901

Vincent van Gogh: Erste grosse Ausstellung seiner Zeichnungen und Aquarelle, Otto Wacker Art Gallery, 01/01/1927 - 01/01/1928

Chinese sculpture, bronzes, jades, paintings and drawings, Egyptian and Persian sculpture, Pre-Columbian art : selected from the collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/01/1943 - 02/28/1944

Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/23/1969 - 03/31/1969

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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