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Vincent van Gogh's <I>Portrait of General practitioner Gachet</I> sparked gigantic and a bit of infamous debate once it used to be sold at auction in 1990 for the record-breaking sum of $82,500,000. In <I>Cézanne to Van Gogh: The Collection of General practitioner Gachet</I>, readers learn the way, if one painting might possibly be really worth so much dollars, this one could be it. Looked by his contemporaries as among the many liveliest and so much sympathetically fashioned of guys, the healthcare professional, paintings collector, and novice artist Paul Gachet (1828-1909) used to be a pal and client to plenty of suffering artists which includes Cézanne, Pissarro, Monet, Renoir, and van Gogh. He invited them to use his attic studio in Auvers, France, and in go back used to be ordinarily rewarded with tremendous examples of their work. This preparation sooner or later afforded him among the many so much legendary collections of impressionist and postimpressionist paintings on the earth. And even though scholarship at the artists he knew is enormous, it truly is uncommon to be made aware of the not easy set of conditions that move into the nascence of such a vital series.
Van Gogh completed the portrait that may immortalize Gachet, who had treated him for depression, only weeks beforehand ending his brief and tumultuous occupation by committing suicide in 1890. He wrote, I painted a portrait of Dr. Gachet with an expression of depression, which would seem to look like a grimace to many that saw the canvas. And yet it truly is essential to paint it like this, for in another way you could not get an idea of the extent to which ... there is expression in our cutting-edge heads, and passion--like a expecting things in addition to a boom. Sad and yet smooth, but transparent and intelligent--this is how one need to paint many pictures.
<I>Cézanne to Van Gogh</I> is printed in conjunction with an exhibition of identical name at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Big Apple, throughout the summer time of 1999. For the 1st time, the collection accrued by Gachet, originally unveiled in 1954, is being exhibited outdoors of France, and in this catalog it truly is printed in its entirety. The series contains paintings, drawings, prints, copies, and such souvenirs as the palettes of Cézanne and van Gogh, in addition to the particular still-life gadgets obvious in many of their paintings. This volume involves informative essays by either French and American curators in addition to a wealth of latest facts, which includes the precise results of latest technical research as a result of macrophotography and x-radiography. A 328-page hardcover overflowing with 500 illustrations, 117 in shade, <I>Cézanne to Van Gogh</I> is either the beautiful story of a distinct series and a serious contribution to the have a look at of postimpressionist paintings in late-19th-century France. <I>--A.C. Smith</I>