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Van Gogh Museum – Dr Gachet & Van Gogh. Experiments in Etching

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May 12 - September 3, 2023
Vincent van Gogh moved to Auvers-sur-Oise in May 1890. The village was close to Paris, where his brother Theo was living at the time, and there was a doctor who could keep an eye on Vincent. This doctor, Paul Ferdinand Gachet (1828-1909) had an affinity with art and liked to keep the company of artists. His medical practice was in Paris, but he purchased a second house in Auvers in 1872. Here he made his own etchings, using the pseudonym Paul van Ryssel.

The doctor had an etching press in the attic of his country house, and successfully inspired a number of modern artists – including Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Armand Guillaumin – to experiment with printing.

Van Gogh also made his first (and only) etching with Gachet as his guide. He printed the etching using black ink, but also experimented with different colours.

This small-scale exhibition includes various prints of Van Gogh’s only etching, from the Van Gogh Museum collection. It also introduces Dr Gachet’s artistic breeding ground and the etching revival underway with artists at the time.

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