Adeline Ravoux

(Dutch, 1853–1890)
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.)
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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, Vincent van Gogh left the asylum near Saint-Rémy 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. In portraits like this, Van Gogh sought not photographic resemblance, but an expression of the sitter’s innermost character, made visible by the intensity of the artist’s palette and the vigor of his brushstrokes.
Adeline Ravoux

Adeline Ravoux


Vincent van Gogh

(Dutch, 1853–1890)


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