Black and white chalk, with brush and stumping, brush and black and grey wash, and traces of graphite, over a brush and brown ink underdrawing on ivory wove paper
Inscribed verso, lower left: "24966"
50.2 × 31.4 cm (19 13/16 × 12 3/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. G. T. Langhorne and the Mary Kirk Waller Fund in memory of Tiffany Blake and Anonymous Fund
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J. B. de la Faille, L’Oeuvre de Vincent van Gogh, Catalogue Raisonné (Paris, 1928), p. 56, no. 1069 (ill.).
Walter Vanbeseslaere, De Hollandsche Periode (1880-1885) in het Werk van Vincent van Gogh (Antwerp, 1937), pp. 105, 207, and 410.
Ira Moskowitz, Great Drawings of All Time (New York, 1962), no. 623 (ill.)
J. B. de la Faille, The Works of Vincent van Gogh: His Paintings and Drawings (Amsterdam, 1970), p. 392, no. 1069 (ill.).
J. B. de la Faille, Vincent van Gogh: The Complete Drawings (San Francisco, 1992), no. 1069 (ill.).
Jan Hulsker, The New Complete Van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings, Sketches (Amsterdam, 1996), p. 80, no. 325 (ill.).
Thomas W. Gaehtgens and Julietta Scharf, “Die Sammlung Otto Gerstenberg in Berlin,” in Die Moderne und Ihre Sammler: Französische Kunst in Deutschem Privatbesitz vom Kaiserreich zur Weimarer Reublik (Berlin, 2001), p. 181.
Belinda Thomson, Van Gogh (Chicago, 2001), pp. 21, 88, and 106, pl. 1.
Anne Leonard, The Tragic Muse: Art and Emotion, 1700-1900 (Chicago, Smart Museum of Art, 2011), fig. 15, p. 27.
Julietta Scharf and Hanna Strzoda, Die Historische Sammlung Otto Gerstenberg (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2012), II:74, no. 440 (ill.).
Birmingham, Ala., Birmingham Museum of Art, “Exhibition of French Drawings (Le Fin du Siècle),” October 5–November 1, 1952, no cat.
New York, Wildenstein and Company, “Paintings by Van Gogh,” 1955, cat. 89.
New York, Wildenstein and Company, “Master Drawings from The Art Institute of Chicago,” October 17-November 30, 1963, n.p., cat. 130, pl. XLIV, as “Despair.”
The Art Institute of Chicago, “A Quarter Century of Collecting: Drawings Given to The Art Institute of Chicago, 1944-1970 by Margaret Day Blake,” April 28-June 7, 1970, n.p., cat. 39 (ill.), as “Mourning Woman.”
Urbana-Champaign, Ill., Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Drawings from the Collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, April 23–May 14, 1972.
Otterlo, The Netherlands, Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, “Vincent van Gogh,” March 30-July 29, 1990, cat. 40, as Woman Sitting on a Basket, with Head in Hands, cat. by Johannes van der Wolk, Ronald Pickvance, and E. B. F. Pey.
Vienna, Bank Austria Kunstforum, Van Gogh und die Haager Schule (The Early Van Gogh and the Hague School), Feb. 28–May 27, 1996, cat. 33.
The Art Institute of Chicago, “Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety and Myth”, February 14-April 26, 2009, pp. 16-17 fig. 8, cat. by Jay A. Clarke
V. Obach & Co., London; to Galerie Heinemann, Munich, Dec. 23, 1910 [Galerie Heinemann sale card (inv. 10765)]; sold to Otto Gerstenberg (1848-1935), Berlin, Aug. 14, 1911, for 835 francs [Galerie Heinemann sale card (inv. 10765) and Gaehtgens and Scharf 2001]; by descent to his daughter, Margarethe Scharf (1889–1961), Berlin [Scharf and Strzoda, 2012]. Sold by the Buchholz Gallery, New York, to the Art Institute, 1947.
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