Portrait of Dr. Gachet

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:45078

Vincent van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet," painted in 1890, encapsulates the artist's unique Post-Impressionist style. The expressive brushstrokes and vibrant colors infuse the portrait with emotion, depicting the shared melancholy of both artist and subject. Notably, it's one of van Gogh's last works before his death, adding a poignant context. The painting is also renowned for its record-breaking auction price, underlining its cultural and economic significance. Its visceral portrayal of human anguish and mastery of technique make it a masterpiece in Western art history.

48 cm

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Title: Vincent van Gogh’s Masterpiece: Portrait of Dr. Gachet

Vincent van Gogh, one of the most celebrated figures in the realm of post-Impressionist painting, crafted the “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” in June 1890. The painting is regarded as one of van Gogh’s most notable works, not just for its artistic merit but also due to the compelling story behind it.

Dr. Paul Gachet, the subject of the portrait, was van Gogh’s physician during the last months of the artist’s life. Gachet was not just a doctor but also an aspiring artist and an avid art collector, with a particular passion for Impressionism. The painting embodies the doctor’s melancholic expression, a sentiment that van Gogh himself strongly identified with during this period.

In the painting, Dr. Gachet is portrayed sitting at a table, leaning his head on his hand. The striking use of color and emotional intensity that van Gogh was famous for is visible in every brushstroke. The somber expression on the doctor’s face reflects the empathy van Gogh felt for Gachet, seeing in him a fellow sufferer of psychological distress.

Several reasons contribute to the immense significance of the “Portrait of Dr. Gachet.” Firstly, it was one of the last paintings van Gogh completed before his tragic death at the age of 37. Additionally, it offers profound insight into the artist’s state of mind during his final days, marked by periods of intense mental turmoil.

Financially, the painting has also gained attention over the years. It achieved fame in the global art market when it was sold for a record-breaking $82.5 million at Christie’s auction house in New York in 1990. This sale underscored the enduring appeal and value of van Gogh’s works, even a century after his death.

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

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