Vincent Van Gogh on his Deathbed

Dr. Paul Ferdinand Gachet
Subject Vincent van Gogh Dutch
Dedicatee Louis Lumet French

Not on view

Dr. Paul Gachet, the amateur artist and doctor in whose care Vincent Van Gogh spent his final months in Auvers-sur-Oise, made several drawings of the deceased painter following his suicide, on which he based this print. It is a somber counterpart to the lively etched portrait of Gachet made by Van Gogh only weeks earlier (2021.243). Gachet signed his works “Van Ryssel”—deriving the name from his birthplace near Lille (“Ryssel” in Flemish)—and encouraged a number of artists, including Van Gogh, to try etching by sharing access to the press in his home. This impression is dedicated to Louis Lumet, an anarchist writer, who co-founded an organization called L’Art pour tous (Art for All) in 1901, whom Gachet likely met through Socialist circles.

Vincent Van Gogh on his Deathbed, Dr. Paul Ferdinand Gachet (French, 1828–1909), Etching and drypoint

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