Portrait of Dr Gachet, Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh
Portrait of Dr Gachet
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Vincent van Gogh

Portrait of Dr Gachet, 1890

310 x 240 mm
179 x 150 mm
173 x 144 mm
Physical Description
Etching in black on laid paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
66379 D
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Acquisition

From 1900 onwards, the Frankfurt chemist and industrialist Carl Hagemann (1867‒1940) assembled one of the most important private collections of modern art. It included numerous paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints, especially by members of the artist group “Die Brücke”. After Carl Hagemann died in an accident during the Second World War, the then Städel director Ernst Holzinger arranged for Hagemann’s heirs to evacuate his collection with the museum’s collection. In gratitude, the family donated almost all of the works on paper to the Städel Museum in 1948. Further donations and permanent loans as well as purchases of paintings and watercolours from the Hagemann estate helped to compensate for the losses the museum had suffered in 1937 as part of the Nazi’s “Degenerate Art” campaign. Today, the Hagemann Collection forms the core of the Städel museum’s Expressionist collection.

Work Data

Basic Information

Portrait of Dr Gachet
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Etching in black on laid paper
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Nicht bezeichnet
Captions Added Later
Fälschlich (?) datiert von fremder Hand in der Platte oben rechts: 15 Mai 90 [?]
Nummeriert unten mittig (mit Bleistift): 8.666
Verso betitelt und bezeichnet oben mittig (mit der Feder in Schwarz): L'Homme à la Pipe. – / Portrait de mon Père: le Dr. Gachet / Eau-forte de Vincent Van Gogh. / Anvers s/Oise. Mai 1890. / Paul Gachet.; bezeichnet und nummeriert unten links (mit Kopierstift): Dr Hagemann Nr. 7.; nummeriert darüber (mit Bleistift): 224.
Am unteren Plattenrand mittig schwarzer Stempel der Sammlung Paul Ferdinand und Paul Louis Lucien Gachet, Paris und Auvers-sur-Oise (Lugt 2807c)
Verso mittig links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • entlang des linken Blattrandes: [beschnitten, unleserlich]
Work Catalogues
  • de la Faille F 1664

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain

Work Content

Motifs and References



Research and Discussion


Object History
Carl Hagemann (1867-1940), Frankfurt am Main
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, Frankfurt am Main, 1940
Schenkung der Erben an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1948.


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