May 9, 2017
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Aug 3, 2017

Adeline Ravoux

Adeline Ravoux


Vincent van Gogh

(Dutch, 1853-1890)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 72.5 x 73.5 x 8.5 cm (28 9/16 x 28 15/16 x 3 3/8 in.); Unframed: 50.2 x 50.5 cm (19 3/4 x 19 7/8 in.)

Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.31


Did you know?

Adeline Ravoux, at age 13, was not pleased with her portrait and did not think the image resembled her. Today, a photograph exists of Adeline in her late seventies and the resemblance is truly remarkable.


In May 1890, Van Gogh left the south and settled in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small town north of Paris, where he rented a room at the inn of Arthur Ravoux. This portrait, completed during the last months of the artist’s life, depicts Ravoux’s 13-year-old daughter, Adeline. Van Gogh wrote that rather than photographic resemblance, he wanted his portraits to convey the “impassioned aspects” of contemporary life through the “modern taste for color.”


Symbolic Image
Van Gogh, A Portrait Painter
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