Dr gachet and van gogh enjoyed a dual relationship as doctor and patient and as friends gachet was a great philanthropic supporter of the arts, an amateur artist himself, and a doctor and friend to many parisian artists of the day. Portrait of dr gachet by vincent van gogh the portrait of dr gachet was one of the most famous pieces of art that vincent van gogh ever painted nearing the end of his brief life, van gogh was admitted into the doctor’s clinic, where he underwent treatment for his mental illnesses.
Doubts about the authenticity of some of the works, including the famous portrait, began circulating as early as the mid-1950s, fuelled largely by the fact that gachet pere et fils painted - and commissioned from others - dozens of copies of works by the artists the doctor had known. In 1990 a japanese businessman paid 825 million dollars for van gogh’s “portrait of dr gachet,” a record-breaking art auction bid that outstripped the previous 50-million-dollar record-holder, “irises,” (also by van gogh.
Portrait of dr gachet is one of the most revered paintings by the vincent van gogh it depicts dr paul gachet who took care of van gogh during the final months of his life there are two authenticated versions of the portrait, both painted in june 1890 at auvers.
It took only three minutes for christie's to sell the original portrait of dr gachet, which actually boasts van gogh's signature selling for $825 million, it set a new record for highest price paid for a painting. « previous picture | auvers-sur-oise | next picture » from the musée d'orsay, paris, france: inseparably entwined with the last period of vincent van gogh's life in auvers, dr gachet was an original character. After van gogh’s death, paul gachet jr, dr gachet’s son, made about 60 prints of the portrait from van gogh’s plate the museum of fine arts, boston has one of them vincent van gogh.
Gachet himself became an artist, signing his works ‘p van ryssel’ vincent van gogh moved to auvers on 20 may 1890, after leaving the asylum at st-rémy he made three portraits of gachet, an etching (may 1890) and two paintings (june 1890)—the second, for gachet himself to keep, a near copy of the first.
The portrait of dr gachet was one of the most famous pieces of art that vincent van gogh ever painted nearing the end of his brief life, van gogh was admitted into the doctor’s clinic, where he underwent treatment for his mental illnesses.
Van gogh's brother, theo, who received an impression of the etching, called it a true painter's etching no refinement in the execution, but a drawing on metal it is a different pose than that in van gogh's portrait of dr gachet, owned by musée d'orsay.