Albert de Belleroche

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Belleroche, Albert de

1864 – 1944

Although born in Wales, he was the son of the Marquis de Belleroche, of one of the most ancient French noble families who, being Huguenots, had fled to England in 1685. In 1871, following the death of his father, he moved back to Paris with his family. After he had finished school there, he studied at the studio of Carolus Duran, and spent long hours copying at the Paris museums. He soon became familiar with the leading painters and intellectuals of the day, and became a founder member of the Salon d’Automne, exhibiting alongside the Impressionists and associating with Emile Zola, Oscar Wilde, Albert Moore, Renoir, Degas, Helleu and Toulouse-Lautrec. Toulouse-Lautrec and Belleroche were exact contemporaries, who first met at the age of eighteen. Belleroche painted Toulouse-Lautrec’s portrait and shared with him a passion for the model Lili, who epitomised the Belle Epoch aesthetic of Toulouse-Lautrec’s most celebrated posters. Lili became Belleroche’s favourite model and mistress. In 1882 Belleroche also met the already acclaimed American painter John Singer Sargent, who recognised Belleroche’s talent and empathised with his free drawing style and sensitivity to light. They became life-long friends. Sargent’s handling of pastel was a great inspiration to Belleroche, while Belleroche’s sensitivity to tone and creation of form through the modeling of light exerted a strong influence on Sargent. In 1900, Belleroche became fascinated by the medium of lithography and by 1905 he was a leading figure in the field of lithographic portraiture. A.M. Hind, a former keeper of prints at the British Museum, described his works in lithography as “amongst the greatest achievements of the craft since its discovery.”

He held commercial exhibitions at the Goupil Gallery (1903), Graves, London (1906), Colnaghi’s (1941) and Walker Gallery, London (1942). As however he had no need to live from his art, he rarely took on commissioned portraits, instead choosing models and sitters who interested him. This in part – though not entirely – explains why he is so little known. A room in the MusŽ e D’Orange is dedicated to Belleroche. He was the subject of numerous publications during his lifetime, and in 2001 the San Diego Museum of Art organised an exhibition and produced a catalogue entitled The Rival of Painting: the Lithographs of Albert Belleroche.

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Albert de Belleroche

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Belleroche, Albert de

1864 – 1944

Although born in Wales, he was the son of the Marquis de Belleroche, of one of the most ancient French noble families who, being Huguenots, had fled to England in 1685. In 1871, following the death of his father, he moved back to Paris with his family. After he had finished school there, he studied at the studio of Carolus Duran, and spent long hours copying at the Paris museums. He soon became familiar with the leading painters and intellectuals of the day, and became a founder member of the Salon d’Automne, exhibiting alongside the Impressionists and associating with Emile Zola, Oscar Wilde, Albert Moore, Renoir, Degas, Helleu and Toulouse-Lautrec. Toulouse-Lautrec and Belleroche were exact contemporaries, who first met at the age of eighteen. Belleroche painted Toulouse-Lautrec’s portrait and shared with him a passion for the model Lili, who epitomised the Belle Epoch aesthetic of Toulouse-Lautrec’s most celebrated posters. Lili became Belleroche’s favourite model and mistress. In 1882 Belleroche also met the already acclaimed American painter John Singer Sargent, who recognised Belleroche’s talent and empathised with his free drawing style and sensitivity to light. They became life-long friends. Sargent’s handling of pastel was a great inspiration to Belleroche, while Belleroche’s sensitivity to tone and creation of form through the modeling of light exerted a strong influence on Sargent. In 1900, Belleroche became fascinated by the medium of lithography and by 1905 he was a leading figure in the field of lithographic portraiture. A.M. Hind, a former keeper of prints at the British Museum, described his works in lithography as “amongst the greatest achievements of the craft since its discovery.”

He held commercial exhibitions at the Goupil Gallery (1903), Graves, London (1906), Colnaghi’s (1941) and Walker Gallery, London (1942). As however he had no need to live from his art, he rarely took on commissioned portraits, instead choosing models and sitters who interested him. This in part – though not entirely – explains why he is so little known. A room in the MusŽ e D’Orange is dedicated to Belleroche. He was the subject of numerous publications during his lifetime, and in 2001 the San Diego Museum of Art organised an exhibition and produced a catalogue entitled The Rival of Painting: the Lithographs of Albert Belleroche.

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Rosa
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In the Garden, c. 1913
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Boxing Club de France, 1900
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Life Study in Silhouette, 1890s
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Nocturn, Charing Cross Station, circa 1890
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Lance at Dunain House
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Portrait of a lady reclining, circa 1905
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The Artist’s Studio, La Vieille Chapelle, La Boissi√®re, Ch√¢teaudun, circa 1909
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L’Atelier, Hampstead, circa 1912
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Interior
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Les deux petits pots (Les pots jaunes) – circa 1889
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Portrait of a woman, c.1885
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Bust lenght female nude, 3/4 view, black background – circa 1880
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Girl seated outside of La Boissiere – circa 1909
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Blue Vase on grey background- circa 1885
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Landscape with green meadow and gated wall- circa 1900
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The dining room of John Singer Sargent, circa 1884
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Le Secretaire Louis XVI, circa 1890
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Still life with blue pot and folded cloth, late 1880’s
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Seascape with sailing boat
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Mata Hari (?), circa 1905
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Yvette, circa 1898
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Study of a foot, early 1880’s
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View across a harbour, possibly Boulogne Sur Mer, 1890
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Still life with crucible, circa 1890
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Landscape study, circa 1890
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Femme a la Harpe, 1903
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Charing Cross Station, circa 1885
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Profile portrait, young lady, waist-up, circa 1900
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Profile portrait, head and shoulders
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Portrait of Dr O Conner
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Boulogne sur Mer – a View of the Port, circa 1890
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Four-portrait studies
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Characters from the café de la Rochefoucault
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Discarded slippers, circa 1890
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Men sleeping in a carriage
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Sleeping woman head and shoulders
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Life Study, c.1880
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Male Nude – life study, circa 1885

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Half length Profile Study of a Bearded Man, mid 1880’s
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Still life