Van Gogh’s Daubigny’s Garden Paintings

Charles-François Daubigny was a French landscape painter of the Barbizon school who created his paintings in open air, or en plein air, as did Claude Monet.  He frequently painted river scenes and was known to frequently work at the mouth of the Seine in a village called Villerville-sur-Mer.  Daubigny spent his final years in Auvers-sur-Oise and died there nearly twenty years before Van Gogh moved to Auvers. In letters to his brother, Theo, Van Gogh mentioned Daubigny and his paintings numerous times.  He had a Daubigny print, The Dawn (Cock crossing), hanging on the wall of his little rented room in Montmartre.  In a letter to Theo from January, 1874, …..

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Dr. Paul-Ferdinand Gachet

During the later portion of Vincent’s stay in Saint Remy he grew weary of his situation and had a desire to return North to the area surrounding Paris. Van Gogh wrote to his brother suggesting that perhaps he could room with fellow artist Camille Pissarro who was experiencing his own difficulties at the time. Theo spoke with Pissarro who said it wouldn’t be practical and instead suggested Van Gogh find a place in Auvers-sur-Oise near a doctor who appreciated impressionist art and enjoyed painting in his spare time, Dr. Paul-Ferdinand Gachet. Dr. Gachet had a medical practice in Paris, but spent the majority of his time at his house in …..

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The Physicians Daughter: Marguerite Gachet

Dr. Paul Gachet, a homeopathic physician, treated Vincent van Gogh following his stay in Saint Remy.  Van Gogh had moved to Auvers-sur-Oise to be closer to his brother’s family and in the hope that he would quickly recover in the north.  Van Gogh rented a room at Auberge Ravoux near Dr. Gachet so he could be under his careful watch. Their relationship developed beyond just a patient and doctor, the two became friends. Gachet even welcomed Van Gogh into his home for discussions and meals with his family.  In June of 1890, he allowed his daughter, Marguerite, to pose for portraits by Van Gogh. The two portraits, Marguerite Gachet at …..

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