Gregor von Bochmann (1850 – 1930)

Born in the illustrious Nehatu manor, Gregor von Bochmann embarked on a transformative journey in the world of arts between 1868-71, immersing himself in the teachings of the renowned Düsseldorf Academy of Arts. After his intensive study, he established himself in Düsseldorf, contributing to the world of art as an independent painter. His commitment and exemplary skills led him to acquire the prestigious title of professor of the academy by 1895.

Even today, von Bochmann’s influence resonates not only in Germany but globally, celebrated as a leading figure of the Düsseldorf School. His participation is documented in numerous esteemed exhibitions spanning cities such as Düsseldorf, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, and Berlin, earning him a treasure trove of medals and accolades.

With a profound connection to his roots, Bochmann frequently showcased the essence of Estonia through his art. He held a particular affinity for forges, a theme recurrent in his work, largely attributed to his passion for portraying horses and capturing their dynamic movements. Alongside, his prowess with watercolors added another dimension to his artistic portfolio. Today, his masterpieces find their home in some of the world’s most acclaimed galleries, including the Düsseldorf’s Museum of Art, Berlin National Gallery, Dresden Art Gallery, München New Pinotek, Tretjakov Gallery in Moskow, and the Estonian Art Museum in Tallinn.