Portrait of Doctor Paul Gachet
Vincent van Gogh
Portrait of Doctor Paul Gachet
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Post-Impressionism, 1853-1890): Portrait of Doctor Paul Gachet, 1890. Created in Auvers-sur-oise, France. Oil on canvas, 67 x 56 cm (26.4 x 22 inches). Private Collection.



“I've done the portrait of M. Gachet with a melancholy expression, which might well seem like a grimace to those who see it... Sad but gentle, yet clear and intelligent, that is how many portraits ought to be done... There are modern heads that may be looked at for a long time, and that may perhaps be looked back on with longing a hundred years later."

(Vincent van Gogh, letter to his brother Theo, 1890)



"He made two versions of the painting, which differ in color ... The first (this picture) was sold to a private collector in 1990 for $82.5 million ..." (wikipedia.org)