About the artwork
About the ArtistAnna Rosalie Boch was a Belgian painter, born in Saint-Vaast, Hainaut in 1848.
Boch participated in the Neo-Impressionist movement. Her earlier works used a Pointillist technique, but she is best known for her Impressionist style which she adopted for most of her career. A pupil of Isidore Verheyden, she was influenced by Théo van Rysselberghe, as they were both part of the Groupe des XX.
Besides her own paintings, Boch held one of the most important collections of impressionist paintings of her time. She promoted artists including a young Vincent van Gogh, a friend of her brother, whom she admired for his talent and who was a The Vigne Rouge (The Red Vineyard), purchased by Anna Boch, was long believed to be the only painting Van Gogh sold during his lifetime. The Anna Boch collection was sold after her death. In her will, she donated the money to pay for the retirement of poor artist friends.
Her name is associated with famous museums like the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the Musée d'Orsay in Paris or the Van Goghhuis in Zundert, the Netherlands.