Chapter 14 Guide

Chapter 14- We Are Painters and Therefore Somewhat Useless

“I came with Gachet. I was in Auvers, painting with Gauguin.”

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House of Docter Gachet (in Auvers) – Paul Cezanne – 1873

Here’s a great blog on Dr. Gachet, with numerous paintings and photos:

“Minette is gone, Lucien,” Pissarro said. “Many years ago. Don’t you remember?”

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Jeanne-Rachel (called Minnette) Camile Pissaro – 1873

Dr. Gachet stroked his pointed red beard for a second, as if the friction might yield a prognosis, then nodded.

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“It reminds me of Renoir’s olive trees. In those days he had gone to the South and was working through a theory that all shadows were made of blue light—he would paint them no other color. His whole palette was built up from blue.”

Purple Landscape – Pierre-August Renoir – 1882
LostWeekend3-fin-Web“Each grieves in his own way, Lucien”
(Lost Time – a drawing by Elias D’elia)

“But we are painters—”


“And therefore somewhat useless,” said Lautrec.



You know how Gauguin was saying that he and Van Gogh had fought in Arles? Vincent became so violent that he cut off a piece of his own ear. Gauguin was forced to return to Paris.”


Self-portrait – Vincent Van Gogh – 1889

“He said that Vincent thought his distress had something to do with a blue painting he had made. He would only paint with blue color at night.”

Cafe Terrace Place du Forúm Arles – Vincent Van Gogh – 1888

2 thoughts on “Chapter 14 Guide

  1. The link for the blog on Dr. Gachet doesn’t work. Server not found.

    Well, it is the right address. There’s just a colon (“:”) missing in the http:// at the beginning of the address.

    (So, if you also get an error message: Just put in the “:” in the address bar by hand. Or kill the whole “http//”. Your browser will know what to do…)

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