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About Vincent van Gogh
in the period:
Auvers-sur-Oise, May to July1890

Portrait of Doctor Gachet

Van Gogh was keen to leave the clinic and to go back north. In May 1890 he settled in Auvers-sur-Oise, an Artist's village close to Paris. He became very friendly with Paul Gachet, a doctor who was also an amateur painter and art collector (Portrait of Doctor Gachet). Gachet helped Van Gogh if he needed medical advice and taught hem etching techniques, whilst in return Van Gogh made various portraits of his eccentric friend and his daughter (Marguerite Gachet at the Piano).

Van Gogh was extremely enthusiastic about his new surroundings: '[....] for really it is profoundly beautiful, it is the real country, characteristic and picturesque' he wrote in a letter to Theo.

Inspired by the vineyards, the old houses with the thatched roofs and the cornfields, he made a great number of drawings and paintings in a very short period of time, culminating in a series of panoramic landscapes including Wheatfield with Crows.

Despite his productivity and the first signs that his work was appreciated, Van Gogh was often extremely depressed during those last weeks in Auvers. Theo, whose salary had to support his own family, his artist brother and his mother, was considering leaving his steady job and setting up in business for himself.

Vincent was unsure what the future would hold for them all and wrote to Theo that he felt he was a burden on him and his family.

On 27 July 1890 Van Gogh shot himself in the chest and two days later died from his wounds, with his brother beside him at his deathbed. Theo died six months later. The brothers are buried in the graveyard of Auvers-sur-Oise.