Portrait of Dr. Gachet, 1990. One of the most revered paintings by Vincent van Gogh. It depicts Dr. Paul Gachet who took care of Van Gogh during the final months of his life. Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo “I've done the portrait of M. Gachet with a melancholy expression, which might well seem like a grimace to those who see it... Sad but gentle, yet clear and intelligent, that is how many portraits ought to be done....”
This, the last of Van Gogh's self-portraits and one of the greatest, was painted only months before his death. The background reminds us of the rhythms of The Starry Night, which the portrait resembles also in the dominating bluish tone of the work. In all this turmoil and congested eddying motion, we sense the extraordinary firmness of the painter's hand.