The Doctors (2)
Dr. Paul Gachet
The most priceless portraits of Dr. Gachet must be the two alternative versions that Van Gogh painted in June 1890, only one month before his death.
Van Gogh was only one of the impressive list of Gachet’s painter-patients. Look at their names: Cézanne, Corot, Daubigny, Daumier, Dupré, Geoffroy, Armand Guillaumin, Manet, Oudinot, Pissarro and his family, Renoir and Van Gogh.
Dr. Gachet acquired a considerable number of paintings, drawings and etches from his famous patients. Only very few people ever got access to his vast collection during his lifetime and many years after.
This portrait was part of the donation made by Gachet’s children to the French State in 1949. The alternative version was sold at Christie’s in New York on May 15, 1990 for a then record breaking price of $82,500,000.
Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait du docteur Paul Gachet (Portrait of Doctor Paul Gachet), 1890. Oil on canvas, 68.2 x 57 cm. Musée d’Orsay, Paris.