Portrait of Dr. Gache, Vincent Van Gogh, 1890
- Posted by Vincent Van Gogh
- Museum: Private collection
- Year: 1890
Description of the picture :
Portrait of Dr. Gache – Van Gogh. 1890. Oil on canvas. 67×56
This portrait is the artist’s gratitude to the doctor for taking care of his health. A rare portrait of a master, written with extraordinary warmth and sympathy. The doctor and his patient were brought together by a general fascination with painting. It is known that the doctor exhibited several of his paintings at public exhibitions. The fame of the artist passed the doctor, but in painting he knew 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 a clear resemblance to the model), but the inner world, the character of a doctor. The main technique that the master uses is a color solution. Before the public is a gentle and kind person. Crouch in your hand, the doctor poses with obvious pleasure. An alarm is being brought in 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, a wall in a glass (it is known that it was on the basis of the wall that a medicine was prepared for the artist), the painful complex color of the face – everything tells about the hero, reveals his identity.
In the work, the master used his favorite colors – yellow and blue. The presence of these colors in the work was regarded by the master as an undeniable sign of positive.
As you know, the master created two versions of the portrait. The most famous is in a private collection. And the option, which is written in a manner uncharacteristic for the master, adorns the exposition of the Orse 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 the portrait after his death. The intervention of UNESCO and the government of the Rising Sun country was required to prevent this act of exquisite vandalism.