FINDING VAN GOGH
In search of the legendary “Portrait of Dr Gachet”
The last great portrait by Vincent van Gogh disappeared from the public eye three decades ago. It was sold at auction in New York in 1990 – at what was then the highest price ever paid for a painting. The podcast series FINDING VAN GOGH sets out in search of the legendary masterwork, exploring its eventful history along the way. To this end, the journalist Johannes Nichelmann travels around Europe, and even as far as New York, to talk to contemporary witnesses, experts and van Gogh enthusiasts. They shed light on how the “Portrait of Dr Gachet” came to reflect the last 130 years of art and society, how it came to be linked with personal fates, and how the mechanisms of the art market and the art world work. And not least importantly, FINDING VAN GOGH asks: How do an artwork and its maker become a legend?
FINDING VAN GOGH is a podcast series by the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, in cooperation with Johannes Nichelmann and Jakob Schmidt.
Available 12 September 2019
Find out more on www.findingvangogh.com