portrait of dr gachet

Portrait of Dr. Gachet (1890). Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890). Oil on canvas. First version.

Van Gogh painted Gachet, his physician, resting his right elbow on a red table, head in hand. Two yellow books, one of which is Manette Salomon, as well as the purple medicinal herb foxglove are displayed on the table. The doctor’s “sensitive face”, of which Van Gogh wrote to Paul Gauguin, carried “the heartbroken expression of our time.”