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Doctor Paul Gachet (30 July 1828 - 9 January 1909)


Dr. Paul Gachet was Vincent van Gogh's physician during the artist's last days in Auvers-sur-Oise. Gachet was a great supporter of artists and the Impressionist movement--in fact, he himself was an amateur painter.


Vincent's brother, Theo, thought that Gachet's background and sensitivity toward artists would make him an ideal doctor for Vincent during his recovery. Very soon after he began seeing Gachet, however, Vincent began to doubt the doctor's usefulness. Vincent described Gachet as:


"sicker than I am, I think, or shall we say just as much . . . ." (Letter 648)


Many questions surround the figure of Dr. Paul Gachet. How could Vincent's suicidal behaviour escape his notice? What could Gachet have done to prevent Vincent's tragic death? What did Vincent mean exactly when he described Gachet as "sicker than I am"? Complete Work of Vincent van Gogh


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Paul Gachet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (489 words)
Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh.
Paul-Ferdinand Gachet (30 July 1828 - 9 January 1909) was a French Doctor most famous for treating the painter Vincent van Gogh during the his last weeks in Auvers-sur-Oise.
Gachet was a great supporter of artists and the Impressionist movement.
Portrait of Dr. Gachet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (516 words)
The portraits were painted in Auvers-sur-Oise close to Paris, and depict Doctor Paul Gachet with a foxglove plant.
Gachet was also a hobby painter and became good friends with van Gogh, and he requested that van Gogh paint a second version of the portrait.
The foxglove in the painting is a plant from which digitalis is extracted for the treatment of certain heart complaints; the foxglove is thereby an attribute of Gachet.
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