20 December 2013
Two rarely seen Van Gogh works from private collections have been donated to museums.
Head of a Peasant Woman with Dark Cap has been donated to the National Gallery in London. The donation comes under the "Cultural Gifts Scheme" which was introduced in the U.K. in 2013. The private collector making the donation remains anonymous. This painting is the only Van Gogh work on display in the National Gallery from the artist's early period. Rarely seen in public, the painting was last shown at an exhibition in Stockholm in 1947.
In addition to the British acquisition, another private work has been donated to a public institution. Green Wheat Fields was bequeathed to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. by Paul Mellon, an art collector and philanthropist. The painting was last exhibited publically in 1966 and is a welcome addition to the National Gallery of Art's eight other Van Gogh paintings.