Van Gogh | Portraits of the Artist
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 16 May 1990
DURATION | 7 minutes 20 seconds
Tracey Macleod reports on the sale of 'Dr Gachet', a painting by Van Gogh, that has been bought for $82.5m at Christie's in New York. She is joined in the studio by art historian Andrew Brighton, who sheds light on some of the reasons why, in his centenary year, Van Gogh's paintings appear to be breaking records each time one comes up for sale.
The subject of the record-breaking painting featured in this programme is Paul-Ferdinand Gachet, a physician who treated Van Gogh unsuccessfully for his 'madness'. Gachet was hired by Van Gogh's brother, Theo, who knew about his sensitivity towards artists and his friendship with painters such as Paul Cezanne. Although the painting is believed to reveal its creator's affection for the doctor, Van Gogh described him in his letters as 'sicker than I am, I think, or shall we say just as much'.
The life and work of Vincent van Gogh in pictures.
A programme for schools on the life and art of Van Gogh.
How did a lost art treasure end up in a junk shop?
Paul Harris looks at Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'.
David Hockney discusses a painting by Van Gogh.
How is Van Gogh's depression revealed in his self-portraits?
Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' breaks records at Christie's.
Why are Van Gogh's paintings fetching such high prices at auction?
Why are Van Gogh's works thought to be so good?
Matthew Parris examines the last letter from Van Gogh to his brother.
Graham Reid discusses a painting of his grandfather by Van Gogh.
Frank Delaney investigates Van Gogh as a self-mutilator.
Rolf Harris paints a self-portrait in the style of Vincent van Gogh.
How a painting of 'The Tiger Man' links Van Gogh with Scotland.
A lost painting by Van Gogh surfaces in Athens.
Who cut off Van Gogh's ear?
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