The Peach Blossoms in the Crau

(65.5 x 81.5 cm) was painted in april 1889 by Vincent van Gogh
1891 - Acquisition of the Painting
at gallery Tanguy in Paris
at the Villa Anna in Brussels
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Peach Blossoms in the Crau by Vincent van Gogh

Anna Boch
Anna Boch bought the painting for 350 Francs (about 1400 $ today)
at the gallery Tanguy in Paris in 1891.

Prices of van Gogh paintings
sold at Auctions

She kept it in her house in Ixelles near Brussels,
30 rue de l´Abbaye until 1910.

The painting was located in the Salle de Musique of the Villa Anna,
where Anna Boch used to give concerts
and liked to promote young unknown artists.

1890 to 1906 - Peach Blossoms in the Crau
at the Villa Anna in Brussels

Villa La Grimpette
Anna Boch kept the painting in her beautiful house
in the rue de l´Abbaye in Brussels until 1906.

The painting was located in her "salon de musique" on the ground floor,
next to her most important Impressionist paintings like
the Gauguin, Seurat and Signac.

In the "salon de musique" she organised concerts, every monday,
with young musicians and singers she wanted to promote.
While listening to the music,
her guest were able to admire the beautiful van Gogh paintings.

Salle à Musique, the room in the Villa Anna where the Red Vineyard was first displayed

1906 - Sale of the Peach Blossoms in the Crau
painting at the Galerie Bernheim Jeune

Galerie Bernheim Jeune, place de la Madeleine
1906 Anna Boch sold the Peach Blossoms in the Crau Painting
at the Galerie Bernheim Jeune,
25 Boulevard de la Madeleine in Paris,
5 minutes from place de la Concorde.
1909 the Hotel Crillon located there only opened as a Grand Hotel 3 years later .

Galerie Bernheim, Paris

The reason for her sale was not the need of the money.

The reason was that she was intimidated
by the extraordinary talent of van Gogh.
She was so impressed by the paintings
that she could no longer paint herself.

Her brother Eugene Boch kept his van Gogh paintings.
In his will he donated his portrait to the Louvre.

1908 - Peach Blossoms in the Crau
exposed by Paul Cassirer in Berlin

In 1908 the painting Peach Blossoms in the Crau
was lend to Paul Cassirer
who organised in Germany
the expo Berlin Secession from March 5 to march 22.

Cassirer helped to make van Gogh famous.
He first helped Johanna van Gogh Bogner
(the widow of Theo van Gogh)
to publish van Gogh's letters.

Then the art dealer organised expos
where he even showed van Gogh paintings that were not for sale.
It was one of the first expositions which promoted van Gogh in Germany.

The same expo also showed some Van Gogh Irises
now located at the Metropolitain Museum of Modern Art

Paul Cassirer collaborated with the French art dealer
Paul Durand Ruel.
Over 140 van Gogh paintings have been exposed by Cassirer before World War I.

The Jewish Casirer Gallery
was the center of the German Art world.

it is possible that Anna Boch sold the painting in 1910
and not in 1906 ...
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we do not know where the painting was between 1908 and 1920
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1920 - Acquisition by Samuel Courtauld

Samuel Courtauld
The painting was bought in 1920
by the British business man and Art Collector,
Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947)
great nephew of the Textile magnat Samuel Courtauld.
In 1932 he founded the Courtauld Intitute of Art
and donated his collection to the institute.

Courtauld Institute of ArtPeach Blossoms
The Peach Blossoms in the Crau are located in the Harry Neal Room in the Courtauld Institute of Art
in London.

have a look at the painting
(located right to the van Gogh self portrait with a badaged ear)

The Red VineyardPeach Blossoms in the Crau
Anna Boch owned 2 van Gogh paintings,
.... her brother Eugene several