The Last Van Gogh by Alyson Richman

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Summer, 1890. Van Gogh arrives at Auvers-sur-Oise, a bucolic French village that lures city artists to the country. It is here that twenty-year-old Maurguerite Gachet has grown up, attending to her father and brother ever since her mother's death. And it is here that Vincent Van Gogh will spend his last summer, under the care of Doctor Gachet - homeopathic doctor, dilettante painter, and collector. In these last days of his life, Van Gogh will create over 70 paintings, two of them portraits of Marguerite Gachet. But little does he know that, while capturing Marguerite and her garden on canvas, he will also capture her heart.Both a love story and historical novel, The Last Van Gogh recreates the final months of Vincent's life - and the tragic relationship between a young girl brimming with hope and an artist teetering on despair.


About Alyson Richman

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Alyson Richman is the author of The Mask Carver's Son, Swedish Tango, and The Last Van Gogh. She lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and two children.
Published October 3, 2006 by Berkley. 324 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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When Vincent’s erratic behavior flares, Gachet suggests a “cordial” to soothe him, but Vincent tells Gachet that he must paint to keep sane.

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When Louise-Josephine, the story’s only truly healthy character, marries and suggests that Marguerite come to Paris, Marguerite chooses to remain in Auvers-sur-Oise, to be near Vincent’s painting.

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In 1890, during the last two months of his life, Vincent van Gogh was in the care of Dr. Gachet, a believer in herbs and homeopathy who tried to wean him from the addictive absinthe, giving him tinctures made from wormwood (one of its sources).

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