One of a kind

Country Life Every Week - - Exhibition -

In van Gogh’s ex­pres­sive etch­ing of Doc­tor Ga­chet— the spe­cial­ist in men­tal ill­ness who treated him to­wards the end of his life—the in­sis­tent con­tours are all the more ob­vi­ous be­cause the print is monochro­matic, un­like the later vi­brantly coloured ver­sion of the por­trait. There is added poignancy in the fact the sit­ter him­self was an am­a­teur artist and it was he who placed an etch­ing nee­dle in van Gogh’s hand, en­cour­ag­ing him to pro­duce his first—and only—print.

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