The Portrait of Dr. Gachet: Story Van Gogh's Last Portrait Modernism Money polits Collectors Dealers Taste G by Cynthia Saltzman, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Portrait of Dr. Gachet: Story Van Gogh's Last Portrait Modernism Money polits Collectors Dealers Taste G

The Portrait of Dr. Gachet: Story Van Gogh's Last Portrait Modernism Money polits Collectors Dealers Taste G

by Cynthia Saltzman
     
 

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At a star-studded auction in 1990, a painting was sold for the record-breaking price of $82.5 million. That painting, Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet, has seemed to countless admirers to portray our times as "something bright in spite of its inevitable griefs."

This fascinating book reconstructs the painting's journey and becomes a rich

Overview

At a star-studded auction in 1990, a painting was sold for the record-breaking price of $82.5 million. That painting, Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet, has seemed to countless admirers to portray our times as "something bright in spite of its inevitable griefs."

This fascinating book reconstructs the painting's journey and becomes a rich story of modernist art and the forces behind the art market. Masterfully evoked are the lives of the thirteen extraordinary people who owned the painting and shaped its history: avant-garde European collectors, pioneering dealers in Paris and Berlin, a brilliant medievalist who acquired it for one of Germany's great museums, and a member of the Nazi elite who sold it after it had been confiscated as a work of "degenerate art." Remarkable and riveting, The Portrait of Dr. Gachet illuminates, in dramatic detail, the dynamics of the art market and of culture in our time.

Editorial Reviews

Michiko Kakutani
A unique and fascinating biography: the biographyof a painting.
The New York Times
Boston Globe
A rare and wonderful achievement -- a scholarly thriller....Breathtakingly suspenseful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140254877
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
200,402
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

A former reporter for Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, Cynthia Saltzman earned degrees in art history at Harvard and Berkeley. She currently resides with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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