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Vincent van Gogh Final Paintings


Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet (oil on canvas, 26-1/2x22 inches) is part of a private collection.
Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet (oil on canvas, 26-1/2x22 inches) is part of a private collection.

Vincent van Gogh painted his Portrait of Dr. Gachet in 1890. Vincent found an empathetic friend in the physician. Their conversations about painting gave Vincent the stimulating company he had lacked since Paul Gauguin's departure. When van Gogh painted Portrait of Dr. Gachet, he posed the physician in a gesture of melancholy contemplation, introspective with "the heartbroken expression of our time."

Next, we'll see Vincent van Gogh returning to the subject that fascinated him during his final years -- fields of wheat.

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