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Portrait of Anna Boch

A work made of conté crayon on off-white laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of conté crayon on off-white laid paper.




Georges Lemmen
Belgian, 1865-1916

About this artwork

Adapting Seurat’s signature drawing method, Lemmen combined Realist and decorative techniques in this portrait of Anna Boch, a grande dame of the Belgian art scene. Born into an upper-middle-class family dedicated to music and the visual arts, Boch played the piano, organ, and violin and was a painter associated with the Belgian Neo-Impressionists. In 1885 she joined Les XX (The Twenty), a group of artists dissatisfied with the strictures of the official Salon who had decided to exhibit together, and was its sole female member. A promoter of the work of Vincent van Gogh, she bought his Red Vineyard painting in 1890, thought to be the only sale the artist made during his lifetime.


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Georges Lemmen


Portrait of Anna Boch


Belgium (Artist's nationality:)

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Conté crayon on off-white laid paper


34 × 29.8 cm (13 7/16 × 11 3/4 in.)

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Suzanne and Marjorie Pochter Fund

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