Portrait of Dr. Gachet

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:45079

Vincent van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" (1890), a masterwork of Post-Impressionism, vividly captures the melancholy of the titular doctor. Using his trademark technique, van Gogh's emotive brushstrokes and vibrant color palette hint at the deep psychological connection between artist and subject. Beyond its artistic brilliance, the painting's specialness lies in its poignancy; it was one of van Gogh's last, painted weeks before his untimely death. Further, Dr. Gachet, the subject, wasn't just a sitter, but a personal confidant and caregiver to the troubled artist.

48 cm

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Title: Vincent van Gogh’s “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” – A Captivating Testament of Post-Impressionist Art

Vincent van Gogh’s “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” is one of the most renowned and appreciated works of the iconic Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. This captivating piece was created in 1890, just a couple of months before the artist’s untimely demise, making it one of his last creations.

The portrait represents Dr. Paul Gachet, a homeopathic doctor and an amateur artist, who attended van Gogh during the final months of his life. The painting captures Gachet’s empathetic gaze and tired demeanor, depicting an intense emotional connection between the artist and the subject.

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Why is the “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” Special?

1. **Historical Importance:** Painted during van Gogh’s stay in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, this work came at a tumultuous time in the artist’s life, fraught with emotional turmoil and mental illness. The portrait, therefore, carries significant historical and biographical weight.

2. **Expression of Empathy:** Van Gogh, known for his keen ability to capture human emotion, portrays Gachet with an empathetic countenance, alluding to the deep understanding between the two men. The work is a powerful expression of the shared empathy and mutual understanding that existed between van Gogh and his doctor.

3. **Artistic Mastery:** The painting’s distinctive brushwork and vivid color palette are hallmarks of van Gogh’s mature style, demonstrating his profound impact on the development of modern art.

4. **Economic Value:** The “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” is one of the most expensive paintings ever sold at auction, fetching a record price of $82.5 million in 1990, a testament to its enduring allure and cultural significance.

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Through his “Portrait of Dr. Gachet,” Vincent van Gogh immortalized a poignant moment in his life while offering a masterclass in emotive portraiture and vibrant post-impressionist painting. This work, steeped in historical significance, emotional depth, and artistic brilliance, continues to fascinate art enthusiasts and historians alike.

Original size:
56 x 67 cm (width x height)
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40 cm
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122 cm

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