Octave Maus

(June 12 1856 - November 26 1919)
cousin of Anna and Eugene Boch

Octave Maus, a Belgian Art and Music Critic,
was the founder and Secretay of the Groupe des XX (1884-1893)
later continued by La Libre Esthétique (1894-1914).
Maus was defending Art in all what was new and modern.
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Octave Maus
family relationship between Octave Maus and Eugene Boch

Pierre Joseph Boch
Pierre Joseph Boch was the great grandfather
of Octave Maus, Anna Boch and Eugene Boch.

Jean Francois Boch
Françoise Boch (1785-1856), grandmother of Octave Maus, sister of Jean Francois
Jean Francois Boch (1782 - 1858), grandfather of Anna and Eugene Boch, brother of Francoise

Victorine DutreuxVictor Boch with Eugene Boch
Victoire Dutreux Boch (mother of Octave Maus, cousine of Victor Boch and Eugen von Boch
Charles Maus (father of Octave Maus)
Victor Boch (1817-1920), father of Anna and Eugene Boch, cousin of Victoire Dutreux
Anne Marie Boch (1825-1871), mother of Anna and Eugene Boch

Mail exchange between Octave Maus and Eugene Boch

Letter by Octave Maus to Vincent van Gogh
1889 November 15 - written from Brussels

The Association of Les Vingt,
founded in 1883 with the goal of organizing an international exhibition in Brussels each year,
comprising the works of its members and of twenty Belgian and foreign artists
chosen from among those most sympathetic to the artistic principles it represents,
requests that you do it the honour of participating in its seventh annual Salon
by sending one or more of your works.

The exhibition will open in the second half of January, and will last one month.
The invited painters will each have four metres of rail at their disposal.
The catalogue of the last Salon, which you will receive at the same time as this invitation,
will enable you to appreciate the character of the exhibitions of Les Vingt,
which were instituted with an exclusively artistic goal and have taken first place
in Belgium in the evolution of the Arts.

The association requests you,
Sir, to kindly let us know as soon as possible if you accept its invitation,
as the number of these is strictly limited,
and to inform us before 15 December (1889) of the notes and comments
you wish to see featured in the catalogue.

The costs of return transport are borne by the treasury of Les Vingt.
A further notice will inform you of the latest date for dispatch,
as well as providing information relating to the sending of works.

Please accept the expression of our feelings of artistic brotherhood
and very high consideration.

For Les Vingt
The Secretary Octave Maus Barrister
accredited to the Court of Appeal.

see also Van Gogh Letters n° 818

Mail exchange between Octave Maus and Eugene Boch

Answer by Vincent van Gogh to Octave Maus
1889 November 20 - written from Saint Remy de Provence

I accept with pleasure your invitation to exhibit with the Vingtistes.
Here is the list of canvases I intend for you

No 1 Sunflowers
2 Sunflowers
3 The ivy4
4 Orchard in blossom (Arles)
5 Wheatfield. Rising sun (St-Rémy)
Eugene Boch
6 The red vineyard (Montmajour)
7 (All these canvases are no. 30 canvases.)

I am perhaps exceeding the 4 metres of room
but as I believe that the 6 together, thus chosen,
will make a rather varied colour effect, perhaps you will find a way of placing them.

Please accept the expression of my entire fellow-feeling for the Vingtistes.
Vincent van Gogh

see also Van Gogh Letters n° 821