"The Poet"

Eugene Boch by Vincent van Gogh
portrait made in the Yellow House september 1888, Arles

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The Poet, Eugen Boch by Vincent van Gogh
Portrait of Eugene Bocht

"I very much like the looks of this young man with his distinctive face,
like a razor blade, and his green eyes".

Behind his head, instead of painting the ordinary wall of this shabby appartment,
I will paint infinity,
I will do a simple background of the richest blue,
the most intense blue that I can create,
and through this simple combination of the bright head against this rich,
blue background,
I will obtain a mysterious effect,
like a star in the depths of an azure sky"

(Letter from Vincent to Theo van Gogh about Eugene Boch, 11 August 1888)
Eugene has been mentioned by Van Gogh in 29 still existing letters

The Bedroom The Bedroom, zoom on Eugene Boch
Vincent van Gogh painted the Portrait a second time
including it into his painting "The Bedroom"

"The Bedroom" in the Van Gogh Museum

The Poet, Eugen Boch by Vincent van GoghThe Lover, Paul Eugene Milliet by Vincent van Gogh
The other portrait over van Gogh´s bed is
the one of Paul Eugene Milliet, called "The Lover"

Historic Locations of the Portrait "vue de la rue Lepic"

Vincent van Gogh
1889-1890 collection Vincent van Gogh

54 rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, home of Theo and Johanna van GoghTheo van Gogh
1890 collection Theo van Gogh
paintings are store on 54 rue Lepic in Paris Montmartre

Johanna van Gogh
1891 collection Johanna von Gogh Bonger

23 july 1891 Johanna van Gogh Bonger gave the painting to Eugene Boch as a present.
At this occasion
she wrote to Eugene Boch:
"I have heared that you would like to have the portrait,
which Vincent has painted about you in Arles in 1888.
It would be a pleasure for me to give it to you as a souvenir
of the two brothers,
as I know about the affection you had for them"

Chateau de la Cloisiere
1891 - 1892 Chateau de la Cloisiere, La Louvière Belgium,
home of Victor Boch, father of Eugene and Anna

1893 - 1906 Garden House of Eugene Boch
in Monthyon, France

Villa La Grimpette
1910 - 1941 Bedroom of Eugene Boch, Villa La Grimpette, Monthyon, France

In his will Eugene Boch gave the Portrait to
the Societe des Amis du Louvre
after his death in 1942

hidden paintings in the Louvre
1942-1945 painting hidden by the Musee du Louvre

The Louvre in 1946
1945-1947 shown in the Musee du Louvre, Paris

Galierie Jeu de Paume in the 1950sGalerie Jeu de Paume in the 1980s
1947-1986 Galerie du Jeu de Paume, Paris

Musee d´Orsay in 2010Eugene Boch by Musee d´Orsay
since 1986 Musée d´Orsay

Phonebook of Paris.com
The portrait was shown in 22 Expositions

Musées Nationaux : new aquisistions 1939-1945, Paris, France, 1945
Van Gogh, London, United Kingdom, 1947
50th birthday of the Friends of the Louvre, Paris, France, 1947
European Expressionism, Munich, Germany, 1970
European Expressionism , Paris, France, 1970
[Anna and Eugene Boch], Saarland Museum, Saarbrucken, Allemagne, 1971
Van Gogh in Belgium, Mons, Belgium, 1980
Van Gogh in Arles, New York, USA, 1984
Vincent Van Gogh pictures, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1990
Emile Bernard 1868-1941. A Pioneer of Modern Art, Mannheim, Germany, 1990
Hommage à Anna et Eugène Boch, Pontoise, France, 1994
A friend of Cézanne et Van Gogh : Doctor Gachet, Paris, France, 1999
A friend of Cézanne et Van Gogh : Doctor Gachet, New York, USA, 1999
A friend of Cézanne et Van Gogh : Doctor Gachet, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas, 1999
Van Gogh face to face, the portraits, Detroit, USA, 2000
Van Gogh face to face, the portraits, Boston, USA, 2000
Van Gogh face to face, the portraits, Philadelphia, USA, 2000
Vincent Van Gogh and the painters of the Petit Boulevard, Saint Louis, USA, 2001
Vincent Van Gogh and the painters of the petit Boulevard, Frankfurt, Germany, 2001
Van Gogh and the colors of the night, New York, USA, 2008
Van Gogh and the colors of the night, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2009
Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne etc, Post-Impressionism Musée d'Orsay, Canberra, Australia, 2009

Vincent van Gogh in Arles 1888Eugene Boch
Vincent van Gogh and Eugene Boch met in Arles in the summer 1888.
The portrait was made in september 1888
Their friendship lasted for Life
and far beyond ....

History of some van Gogh Paintings

The one and only painting sold during van Gogh´s life

The Red VineyardAnna Boch
1890 The Red Vineyard was the only Painting van Gogh sold during his lifetime
for 400 Francs (around 1600 $ today) to Anna Boch.
Due to it´s Legend
the painting (if ever sold ... which is unlikely to happen)
might be the most expensive painting of the World
(after the Mona Lisa)

The biggest sales of van Gogh paintings

Portrait od Dr Gachet
Joseph Roulin
Self Portrait
Wheat Field
Mr Ryoei Saito
Mr Alan Bond
followed by
Getty Museum
Yasuda Life
Mr Steve Wynn
139 million $
101,3 million $ +
101,6 million $
94,9 million $
86 million $
77 million $
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Van Gogh painting given as a present

Eugene Boch by Vincent van GoghJohanna van Gogh BognerEugene Boch
1891 The Portrait of Eugene Boch was given by Anna van Gogh Bonger
to Eugene Boch as a present.
1941 Eugene Boch donated the painting to the Louvre / Musee d´Orsay.