Albert de Belleroche

ARTIST

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

ARTIST

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 (1864 - 1944)

Landscape with Church

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Landscape

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Horses

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Man Resting Against Tree

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Standing nude

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Reclining nude, knee raised

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Nude seated side-ways on a chair, three quarters rear view

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Horses

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Haarlem
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Model in stockings seated on an armchair, profile view

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Figure sleeping, face averted

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Standing female nude, leaning forward, three quarter rear view

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Rear view of a model leaning forward with her arms resting on a ledge

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Model posed kneeling with her left leg slightly raised

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Rear view of a model reclining

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Portrait study of a woman seated atop a bench

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Study of roses, viewed from behind

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Study of arms and hands

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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Lavinia in a large hat, circa 1915
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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Half length portrait of young woman wearing a broad fitting torque with large bow, circa 1900

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Bust length profile portrait of a man with a moustache, circa 1890

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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Still life with biscuit tin, circa 1890

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L’Atelier, Hampstead, circa 1912

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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Still life of kitchen utensils, circa 1890

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Trial proof – Chauffeuse

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Forthcoming
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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Portrait of an Artist in a wide brimmed hat, early 1900’s
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Interior

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Seated Woman with harp behind, circa 1890

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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Portrait of a Woman
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Sleeping nude, with head on pillow
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Marthe, circa 1900
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Night view, woman at a window, circa 1890
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Still life of a blue vase with an open book, circa 1885
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Half length study of a woman looking down, circa 1895
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Study of a young girl, profile portrait, circa 1880
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Study of hands knitting
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Study of a seated nude, three quarter view, with arms resting on the back of her chair
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Nude, lying on bed II
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Still Life of a Fireplace with vases and flowers
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Seated nude, turned away
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Seated nude in the dark
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Woman lying down
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Nude, lying on bed
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Nude study in profile
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Reclining nude, rear view
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Sheet of flower studies
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Profile study, head and shoulders, of a young woman looking down
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Model seated in front of a fireplace, resting her brow on her arm
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Nude alongee, in front of a fireplace rear view.
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Study of a woman seated leaning forward, full length three-quarter view, circa 1900
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An interior, possibly a corner of the studio Hampstead
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Study of a horse in a stable
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Three quarter rear view of a model clutching her knees
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Waist-length study of a model, seen in three quarter rear view, with bandeau
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Study of a model reclining on her front, her right leg raised
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Léone, 1910
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The Milliner, 1914
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An artist sketching
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Seated nude
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Portrait of a young woman, chin slightly raised, circa 1900
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Study of a model , with hairband, circa 1900
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Nurse
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Selfridge Girls at work, one on a ladder, circa 1914
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Study of a nude, crica 1900
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Portrait of a woman with high collar, head and shoulders, circa 1905
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Sleeping nude on a sofa
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Study of a woman with coat
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Seated Nude with her arms crossed
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Head of a woman wearing a decorated hat, profile and three quarter view, circa 1900
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Woman sleeping, 1894
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Portrait of the artists wife(?) head and shoulders, three quarter view, circa 1905
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Portrait of a woman in a full brimmed hat decked with muslin, circa 1905
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Half length portrait of a young girl, leaning forward, circa 1910
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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Study of a seated nude, left arm raised, circa 1890
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Percy Horton (1897 - 1970)

Portrait of a young woman
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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Woman sleeping, head and shoulders circa 1900
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Young Girl, profile study, circa 1900
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Still life of jugs, circa 1890
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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Contemplation
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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Woman seated at a table, circa 1900
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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

The doctor’s Gladstone bag and hat, circa 1900
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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Woman working at a bar, late 1890’s
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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

City rooftops, (Bruxelles), circa 1910
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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

The Artist’s Sitting Room, circa 1890
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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

La Toilette, circa 1910
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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Madame Leonardi, 1905
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Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Reflection (Miss Charles), 1915