Anna Boch (1848 - 1936)
Anna Boch Collection
Anna Boch was a Belgian painter,
born in Saint-Vaast, Hainaut,
in the 5th generation of the Boch family
who made Ceramics since 1748
Her father Victor Boch operated the company
and her uncle Eugen von Boch
the company Villeroy & Boch.
Anna Boch participated in the
Neo-Impressionist and Impressionnist movement.
Her early works used a Pointillist technique, but she is best known for her Impressionist style.
As a pupil of Isidore Verheyden,
she was influenced by Théo van Rysselberghe.
She was the only woman to be part of the Art Moovement Les XX.
Anna Boch´s own paintings
Anna Boch painted 913 paintings
(as far as we know today)
of Anna Boch
by other artists
South of France
more coming soon ...
Van Gogh paintings bought by Anna Boch
Anna Boch and Georges Seurat ... coming soon
La Seine à la Grand Jatte by Georges Seurat was one of several hundred
high profile paintings in Anna Boch´s collection.
Today the painting is in the Musee Royal de Beaux Arts in Brussels.
Anna Boch´s Cultural Heritage
Anna and her brother Eugen Boch in 1930.
Most of the Anna Boch collection was sold after her death in 1936.
In her will, she donated the money to pay for the retirement of poor artist friends.
Some paintings were also donated to the Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts in Brussels.
140 paintings were left to Anna´s godchild, Ida van Haelewijn,
daughter of the gardener Antoine van Haelewijn.
In 1968 Anna´s great nephiew,
Luitwin von Boch,
a successful & visionary entrepreneur
aquired the entire collection for a future Anna Boch Museum
... years ahead of his time.
In 1979 Luitwin von Boch opened the Museum of Ceramics
where a very limited number of Anna Boch paintings could be seen
next to ceramic treasures produced by the family for over 200 years.
The paintings remained in Ida van Haelewijn´s house
until the end of her life in 1992.
A permanent Anna Boch Exposition
has open in april 2011 the above building in Mettlach / Germany .
opening night of the Anna Boch Exposition
While updating this website
the editor had a coffee with a friend from New York
"Why are none of the worldfamous masterpeices of your great aunt's
and your great uncle's collection
are at the Museum of Ceramics in Mettlach ?".
When he was still a child and guide of the museum
someone else had asked him the same question ...
there must be a reason ....
People known in common
Anna Boch died in 1936,
People transmitting information
Anna Boch died in 1936,