Vincent van GoghDr Paul Gachet© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Gérard Blot
This exhibition was originally announced for the Musée d'Orsay, but it has been transferred to the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais. It pays homage to a quite extraordinary amateur of painting, the doctor Paul Gachet, who was himself a painter and engraver as well as a medical doctor and a close friend of Cézanne, Pissarro, Guillaumin, Monet and Renoir from the early days of Impressionism. He is particularly well known for having welcomed Vincent van Gogh to Auvers-sur-Oise during the last weeks of his life in 1890. A large part of his collections was given to French national museums by his children in the years 1949 to 1958.
Anne Distel, conservateur en chef at the Musée d'Orsay, Susan A. Stein, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Andreas Blühm, coordinator of exhibitions at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.