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Portrait du Dr Gachet avec branche de digitale was created by Vincent van Gogh in June 1890, shortly before his death. Paul Gachet took care of the artist’s health and he was the real sitter of the painting. It was sold on May 15, 1990 for a record amount of money of 82.5 million dollars. It has been the most expensive painting of the world for 15 years. The painting represents an oil canvas of 67 × 56 cm. The color scheme that predominates is blue and black. We have a half portrait of the man who is wearing a cap. He is sitting at the table thinking. The background is dark blue. In the foreground there are 2 books and a vase with a plant. The critics say that these two are two symbols. The books touch upon the intelligence of the man and the second is the plant the painter was drinking. After Van Gogh's death, painting passed to his sister, who at her turn, in 1897 sold it to a private collector. Picture moved from hand to hand a few times until it was bought by Shtedelevsky Art Institute in 1911. The painting remained in Frankfurt-am-Main until 1937. In 1938, Hermann Goering sold the canvas to an o art dealer in Amsterdam, who at his turn resold it to a private collector, Siegfried Kramarski. In 1990 the Kramarskis put it on the auction, where it was sold for a record sum (82.5 million dollars)to a Japanese millionaire Reey Saito. There was even a great misunderstanding with the buyer expressing the intention to cremate the canvas with him after his death. The scandal was hushed up, under the pretext that these words were written from a strongly emotional experience . In 1996, after the death of the owner, the painting was sold to an international investment fund.

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