Anna Boch (1848 -1936). The Carrying one Water.
Famous especially to have bought the painting of Vincent Van Gogh the Red Vineyard for 400 Francs, which makes of it the only customer of Vincent when he where alive, it is an informed collector. Van Gogh was the friend of her brother, the painter Eugene Boch. It joins together an important collection of impressionist works. After its disappearance this collection is sold with the biddings, according to its wills, the money is used to pay to the retirement of her friends the poor artists. The other paintings were bequeathed to various museums, like the royal Museums of the fine arts of Belgium. It is the daughter of Victor Boch, one of the founders of the faience manufacture Royal Boch - Keramis of Louvière, he is also founder of the company Villeroy & Boch. It is first of all impressionist and fact part of vanguard group the Twenties of which it is member as from 1886. It becomes then Luminist influenced at the same time by the fauvism and the divisionism. As Emile Claus it is able to adopt several styles and several manners of painting. A painting as During Rise (1893), is of an extremely tight divisionism. Other painting like Return of the Mass by the Dunes or Shores of Brittany (1901) are pointillists and the colours are in extreme cases of Fauvism. Anna Boch learns how to use the colours of Fauvism without moving away too much from reality. This gives paintings connected to the two movements which one could describe as Fauvism impressionism. The Carrying one Water is a subject often tackled by the impressionist painters but seldom with as much of light and such a clearness. Especially Anna Boch controls the technique of the draft to perfection. In this picture which it is necessary to look with the zoom all is outlined, the face of the model, but also the colour of the walls, the details of the way, the foliage of the trees… and especially the key really particular with broad blows of brush but also of the half-circles, commas, obliques with the end are rounded, the traced whole of a perfectly controlled sharp gesture.
One would be wrong to forget Anna Boch or to know it only because it is the only one to have proven that it saw the talent of Vincent when he where alive…
The horizon is low just above one the lower third of the table. The point of view of the spectator is just in lower part. The glance goes up to detail the character then it details the colors of the foliage of the trees on the right then on the left.
The painting it’s not square agree according to the character. In fact the 2 trees and the arch are on the tension fields and 3 natural points of interest.
One the lower third of work is reserved for the way and the ground. A little less the 2/3 superiors to the sky with the buildings and the trees.
The artist uses the verticals and the obliques to reproduce the architecture of the street.
When one looks at the picture by far the representation of this tree seems realistic, however more closely one realizes that the details are not drawn but are outlined.
The way is carried out thanks to broad blows of brushes as encased one in another to perhaps appear of the paving stones.
On the left side the sheets of the tree are also outlined, one distinguishes from the half-circles, the commas, the round keys. The colour of the branches: mauves or violets, evokes the colours of the fauvism more than impressionism.
Light : The light comes from in top. The sun is practically with its zenith. There is practically no shade.
Colours: Violent contrasts between hot and cold, complementary colours.
Similar Painting :
Anna Boch. During Rise.
Anna Boch. Shore of Brittany. 1901.
Anna Boch. Return of the Mass by the Dunes.
Anna Boch. Ruins of Castle Gaillard. The Seine. 1903.