Museums and Art

Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Vincent Van Gogh, 1890

Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Vincent Van Gogh, 1890

Portrait of Dr. Gachet - Van Gogh. 67x56

This portrait is an artist’s gratitude to the doctor for taking care of his health. It is known that the doctor exhibited several of his paintings at public exhibitions. The fame of the artist passed the doctor, but he knew the painting perfectly and sincerely admired the work of his famous patient.

In the portrait, the master tried to depict not the outer shell (although the portrait has undoubted similarities with the model), but the inner world, the character of the doctor. The main technique that the master uses is the color scheme. Before the public, a gentle and kind person. Leaning on his hand, the doctor poses with obvious pleasure. An alarm flashes through the eyes of the hero. Knowing that the work was created shortly before the death of the artist, it can be assumed that the doctor is concerned about the condition of his patient.

The portrait is filled with symbolic details. Books, digitalis in a glass (it’s known that medicine was prepared for the artist on the basis of digitalis), a painful complexion - everything tells about the hero, reveals his personality.

In the work, the master used his favorite colors - yellow and blue. The master regarded the presence of these colors in the work as an undoubted sign of positive.

As you know, the master created two versions of the portrait. The most famous is in a private collection. And that version, which was written in a manner uncharacteristic for the master, adorns the exposition of the Orsay Museum in Paris.

The portrait in a private collection survived a difficult fate. For a long time moving from one museum to another, the canvas fell into the hands of a Japanese collector who bequeathed to cremate a portrait after his death. It took the intervention of UNESCO and the government of the Land of the Rising Sun to prevent this act of exquisite vandalism.


Watch the video: Portrait of Dr. Gachet (November 2021).