||March 10, 1892
|Material / technique
||oil on panel
||37,5 x 25 cm
||Maastricht 1894 (November 25 - December 9), 'Goovaerts', cat. no 58: 'Studiekop - Napels'
||1892, A. Bogaert, Brussels
1912, Lily Goovaerts, Maastricht
ca. 1925, Heinz Goovaerts, Berlin
||Private property Norway
||t.r. in paint: Hri Goovaerts, Napels 1892
||b.l. scratched in paint: 10 MARZ 1892
verso: Eigendom van A Bogaert // Brussel // Avenue Jean [unreadable ] 77 // [unreadable] // Sedert 1912 eigendom L. Goovaerts
verso, in white crayon: 58
verso, in blue crayon: 629
||A. Bogaert, who is mentioned on the back of the painting, is probably Albert Bogaert (1838-1921). During Goovaerts’ study trip through Southern Europe, Philip Bogaert from Maastricht was his prime contact in the Netherlands. Albert was Philip's son. A portrait of Albert Bogaert by Henri Goovaerts is kept in the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht.
It is doubtful whether this painting was actually made in Naples. Since the date is scratched in the wet paint we may assume that it is correct. In March 1892 however Henri Goovaerts was in Florence for a longer period of time. In July 1891 he had made a trip to Naples during his stay in Rome. That he did this again in the following year from the much farther Florence is questionable. Possibly Goovaerts no longer remembered exactly where he painted this woman's head when he put the inscription on the top right of the canvas.