The Portrait of Dr. Gachet: The Story of a van Gogh Masterpiece Cynthia Saltzman

ISBN: 9780670862238

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432 pages


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The Portrait of Dr. Gachet: The Story of a van Gogh Masterpiece by Cynthia Saltzman
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In 1990, one of Vincent van Goghs last paintings, Portrait of Dr. Gachet, was sold for the astonishing price of $82.5 million. This fascinating book reconstructs the paintings journey and becomes a rich story of modernism and the forces behindMoreIn 1990, one of Vincent van Goghs last paintings, Portrait of Dr. Gachet, was sold for the astonishing price of $82.5 million.

This fascinating book reconstructs the paintings journey and becomes a rich story of modernism and the forces behind the art market. Portrait of Dr. Gachet was one of van Goghs last paintings, completed just weeks before his suicide. Depicting the eccentric physician who was attempting to treat the artist, this painting was viewed by van Gogh as a summation of his ideas about portraiture. Cynthia Saltzmans book reconstructs the journey of this revolutionary and haunting painting, in which, as van Gogh wrote, he strove to capture the heartbroken expression of our time. As Saltzman superbly shows, this painting not only evokes the ethos of modern life but also illuminates the ways in which art, politics, and the market have intersected in the 20th century.

Affected by broad social and cultural change, the paintings fate was also influenced by innovations in the way art was sold and displayed, and by the growing role of dealers and museums.



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