Head of a Man (c.1885; Nunen / Nuenen, Netherlands) by Vincent van Gogh

Head of a Man - Vincent van Gogh - c.1885

Artwork Information

TitleHead of a Man
ArtistVincent van Gogh
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationVan Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Location CreatedNunen / Nuenen, Netherlands

About Head of a Man

The artwork “Head of a Man” was created by the masterful hand of Vincent van Gogh circa 1885, employing the mediums of ink on paper. Exemplifying the Realist art movement, this piece falls under the genre of sketch and study. Currently housed in the Van Gogh Museum located in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the artwork was crafted in Nunen/Nuenen, Netherlands.

The artwork is a penetrating study of a man’s head and presents a robust demonstration of van Gogh’s draughtsmanship during his early artistic period. The use of stark, defined lines and cross-hatching to convey shadow and form reveals a dedication to the realistic representation of human features. The subject’s head is turned to the side, offering a profile view that highlights the contours of the face and the rugged, life-worn features. The man is wearing a hat that sits atop his head, casting shadows across his forehead. The sketch also details the texture of his clothing, indicating a loose collar and a button, further emphasizing the Realist endeavor to portray everyday subjects with sincerity and attention to detail. The intensity of the gaze and the detailed rendering of fine lines suggest a profound exploration of character and emotion, traits that Vincent van Gogh would continue to develop and which would become hallmarks of his later, more well-known works.

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