In 1885, Vincent van Gogh was still in his Realist phase, heavily influence by Jean-François Millet, when he painted Head of a Peasant with a Pipe
. Painting peasants in earthy, brown tones reminiscent of the old Dutch masters, it was in this era that he created his first great masterpiece The Potato Eaters
, in the same year. Verging on Impressionism, and later post-Impressionism, van Gogh's expressionistic brushwork comes through strongly in this piece, giving Ser Jacopo the artistic license to create this Cutty true to the form found in the painting, yet loosely interpreted in the Pesaro style.