Eugene Boch

Eugene Boch

Franco-Belgian artist and poet.
Date of Birth: 01.09.1855
Country: France

  1. Biography of Eugène Boch
  2. Meeting Vincent van Gogh
  3. Later Life and Contributions

Biography of Eugène Boch

Eugène Boch was a Franco-Belgian artist and poet, born into a family of industrialists who co-owned the firm Villeroy & Boch. He began his artistic education in 1879 at the studio of Léon Bonnat, where he studied painting. After the closure of Bonnat's studio in 1882, Boch joined Fernand Cormon's school, alongside Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Louis Anquetin, and others. It was at Cormon's school that Boch met and became friends with Australian artist John Peter Russell.

Meeting Vincent van Gogh

In April 1888, Boch received an invitation from Dodge MacKnight to visit him in Fontvieille, near Arles. It was during this visit that Boch met Vincent van Gogh, and their encounter blossomed into a strong friendship. Another close friend of Boch was artist Émile Bernard. In 1891, after van Gogh's death, Boch received a portrait of himself as a gift from the artist's brother's wife; the portrait had been painted in 1888 (since 1944, it has been housed in the Louvre). Additionally, Boch owned two other paintings by van Gogh.

Later Life and Contributions

From 1892 onwards, Eugène Boch lived in the town of Montigny-sur-Loing near Paris. He was also one of the founders of the Belgian art group Les XX (The Twenty), alongside his sister Anna, Fernand Khnopff, Théo van Rysselberghe, and James Ensor. Boch's contributions to the art world extended beyond his own work, as he actively participated in the promotion and development of the artistic community.