Portrait of a prostitute

Vincent van GoghDecember 1885

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands

This woman looks respectable to us, with her hair tied back and her shining jewelry. However, to Vincent Van Gogh's contemporaries, her low-cut dress and eye makeup told a different story. Only 'ladies of easy virtue' could be persuaded to pose for a painter they had never met before. Van Gogh had just moved to Antwerp and was looking for models so the could practise portrait painting. Van Gogh made this portrait in a single sitting.


  • Title: Portrait of a prostitute
  • Creator: Vincent van Gogh
  • Creator Lifespan: 30 March 1853 - 29 July 1890
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Auvers-sur-Oise
  • Creator Birth Place: Zundert
  • Date Created: December 1885
  • Location Created: Antwerp, Belgium
  • Place Part Of: Belgium
  • Type: Portrait
  • Rights: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
  • External Link: Portrait of a Prostitute

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