Vincent van Gogh played the piano in 1883-1885, when he lived in Nuenen. In 1890 he painted Marguerite Gachet at the Piano. It is possible that Vincent played piano for her then. Perhaps some Wagner?

Today 133 years ago, on 3 September 1888,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Arles:

“In a painting I’d like to say something consoling, like a piece of music. I’d like to paint men or women with that je ne sais quoi of the eternal, of which the halo used to be the symbol, and which we try to achieve through the radiance itself, through the vibrancy of our colorations.”

Marguerite Gachet at the Piano (Dr Gachet’s daughter)
Auvers-sûr-Oise, 1890
Oil on canvas
102,5 x 50 cm
Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland

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