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Paul Gachet

When Van Gogh decided to leave the asylum at Saint-Rémy, it was the artist Camille Pissarro who suggested he go to Auvers, where he could receive care from Dr. Paul Gachet, "a doctor . . . who paints in his spare time." A homeopath and psychiatrist, Gachet had written about neuroses in artists and was a devoted amateur painter and etcher. A patron and friend to the Impressionists, he routinely opened his home to Pissarro, Cézanne, and others. Gachet did have a significant collection of paintings that is now in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. A number of artists produced their first etchings under Gachet's guidance. Van Gogh planned to make a series of prints in Gachet's studio, but completed only one, a portrait of the doctor. Gachet cared for Van Gogh at his death, sketching a portrait of him in his final hours.

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