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.
Opening Expo Anna Boch
click on the image
to discover Villa Anna
Van Gogh paintings bought by Anna Boch
Anna Boch´s 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
Dr Thérèse Thomas, once hired by Luitwin von Boch
to run the Museum of Ceramics in Mettlach,
has a passion for Anna Boch.
She collected uncountable information on her.
Never discouraging Dr Thomas kept searching and followed up on any source
to recuparate valuable and lost Information
of the times of the Impressionists.
Catalogue Raisonne by Dr Thérèse Thomas
Famous, historic Investments
Anna Boch (1848 - 1936) and David Packard (1912-1996)
but both made history
by making a historic investment.
Both understood the value of something nobody else was able to see.
Years ahead of their time ...
investments requiring very little money
that have become "priceless" today:
- Anna Boch bought The Red Vineyard painting on January 18 1890,
the only painting Van Gogh sold during his lifetime,
for 400 Francs (the equivalent of around $ 1600 in today´s values)
Van Gogh died July 29 1890
and soon his paintings became valuable,
more and more valuable,
Today, 120 years later, Vincent van Gogh
is the world´s most famous artist
and The Red Vinyard,
(if ever sold),
might be the World´s most expensive painting
(next to the also priceless Mona Lisa)
the 7 most expensive Van Gogh paintings that have been sold:
see the List of the Most Expensive Painting
- David Packard registered the HP.com Internet Domain on March 3 1986
years ahead of his time ...
for less than 100 $
It is the very first among the World´s shortest Internet Adresses !
In 1986 nobody knew about Internet.
Internet started to become popular 8 years later, in 1984,
with the launch of the website of the Whitehouse
an initiative of the newly elected modern thinking
President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.
Today, 24 years later,
the World has changed ...
The value of the Internet Domain HP.com has become priceless.
Not only priceless,
every year the super simple HP.com helps generate
several billion $
in Internet sales.
David Packard understood that
one of the keys to succes is simple, easy to understand marketing.
With a spelling as complicated as,
the full company name
(called afer Bill Hewlett and himself, David Packard)
he would never have become a
World Leader in a Global Market.
Today HP.com is the World´s largest Computer Manufacturer
worth more than 50 billion $.
Super Domains could be registered for a couple of Dollars
in the very early years of the Internet (1986 - 1995)
even much less than Van Gogh Vigne Rouge painting.
Today these domains exceed the price of a Van Gogh painting,
but most of the times their transaction remains a well kept secret.
These might be the 7 most important Transaction (1998 - 2010):
"The Red Vineard"
bought by Anna Boch
... it´s first sale of only
van Gogh Paintings
see also list of all van Gogh paintings
This website was set up,
a great great great nephew of Anna Boch, Ben Solms,
9th generation in the von Boch family,
editor of different independant internet projects like
Phonebook of the World.com,
Hotels of the World.com or
the Paris expo center Cremerie de Paris.com.
The realisation of this website would have been impossible
without the valuable help from
Dr Thérèse Thomas and Beatrice von Boch.
This website Anna Boch.com
would have been impossible
Dr Thérèse Thomas
Beatrice von Boch.
see also Anna´s brother,