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Wednesday 23 September 2020

Paul van Ryssel’s (aka Dr Paul Gachet—Van Gogh’s doctor) etching, “Les Cochons”, 1876

Paul van Ryssel (1828–1909) (aka Dr Paul-Ferdinand Gachet—Vincent van Gogh’s doctor)

“Les Cochons”, 1876? (dated on plate possibly with the number “7” reversed), published by Librairie de l'Eau-Forte (fl.1874–1876) in Paris in 1876 as an illustration to Arsène Houssaye’s (1815–1896) “Tableaux Rustiques: Le Cochon”.

Etching (with traces of dot roulette) on grey China paper trimmed to the image borderline (as published) and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 9.5 x 12.4 cm.

Signed on the plate: (upper left corner) “P. Van Ryssel”; (ligature monogram at upper right) “[R]VP”; (dated at lower left corner) “18[7?]6”

Condition: well-printed impression trimmed around the image borderline and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in an excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling).

I am selling this very rare etching, exemplifying the famous doctor’s direct approach to etching that no doubt guided Vincent van Gogh in making his first and only etching, “Portrait of Dr Gachet with Pipe” (1890)—an approach that Vincent’s brother, Theo, summed up perfectly: “No refinement in the execution, but a drawing on metal” (see—for AU$352 (currently US$250.48/EUR214.24/GBP196.78 at the time of posting this print) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this unassuming etching executed as if the artist were shaping the form of the pigs by a sense of touch rather than by simply looking—i.e. a haptic rather than a visual approach—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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