#VanGogh of the Day: Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier), August 1888. Oil on canvas, 64.1 x 54.6 cm. Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California.
When Vincent van Gogh moved to the Provençal town of Arles in 1888, he revived an early interest in the depiction of rural laborers. Writing to his brother Theo, he described one of his models, a gardener named Patience Escalier, as "a sort of man with a hoe" – a reference to Jean-François Millet's 1860-62 painting of the same name. But in a striking departure from Millet, Van Gogh rendered his subject with the bright colors and loose, expressive brushwork that we now associate with the artist's mature style.
#SwipeLeft to compare Van Gogh's "man with a hoe" to Millet's, now in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.