20th Century British Art

Albert de Belleroche (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 Musée 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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Artist Albert de Belleroche: Model in stockings seated on an armchair, profile view

Albert de Belleroche
Model in stockings seated on an...
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Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of a seated nude, three quarter view, with arms resting on the back of her chair

Albert de Belleroche
Study of a seated nude
£425
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of hands knitting

Albert de Belleroche
Study of hands knitting
£425
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Nude study in profile

Albert de Belleroche
Nude study in profile
£500
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Recliniing nude, rear view

Albert de Belleroche
Recliniing nude, rear view
£400
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Standing female nude, leaning forward, three quarter rear view

Albert de Belleroche
Standing female nude
£500
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Figure sleeping, face averted

Albert de Belleroche
Figure sleeping, face averted
£550
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Nude alongee, in front of a fireplace rear view.

Albert de Belleroche
Nude alongee
£600
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Model seated in front of a fireplace, resting her brow on her arm

Albert de Belleroche
Model seated in front of a fireplace
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Artist Albert de Belleroche: Model posed kneeling with her left leg slightly raised

Albert de Belleroche
Model posed kneeling with her left...
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Artist Albert de Belleroche: Rear view of a model leaning forward with her arms resting on a ledge

Albert de Belleroche
Rear view of a model leaning forward...
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Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of a horse in a stable

Albert de Belleroche
Study of a horse in a stable
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Artist Albert de Belleroche: An interior, possibly a corner of the studio Hampstead

Albert de Belleroche
An interior
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Artist Albert de Belleroche: Portrait study of a woman seated atop a bench

Albert de Belleroche
Portrait study of a woman seated...
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Artist Albert de Belleroche: Rear view of a model reclining

Albert de Belleroche
Rear view of a model reclining
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Artist Albert de Belleroche: Seated nude (recto); au toilette (verso)

Albert de Belleroche
Seated nude (recto); au toilette...
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Artist Albert de Belleroche: Waist-length study of a model, seen in three quarter rear view, with bandeau

Albert de Belleroche
Waist-length study of a model
£400
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of roses, viewed from behind

Albert de Belleroche
Study of roses, viewed from behind
£650
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Three quarter rear view of a model clutching her knees

Albert de Belleroche
Three quarter rear view of a model...
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Artist Albert de Belleroche: Full length profile view of a nude model seated on an upholstered studio prop, facing right

Albert de Belleroche
Full length profile view of a nude...
£300
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of arms and hands

Albert de Belleroche
Study of arms and hands
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Artist Albert de Belleroche: Half length portrait of young woman wearing a broad fitting torque with large bow

Albert de Belleroche
Half length portrait of young woman...
£575
Artist Albert de Belleroche: An artist sketching

Albert de Belleroche
An artist sketching
£270
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Full length standing nude, three quarter view

Albert de Belleroche
Full length standing nude
£350
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Portrait of a lady reclining, circa 1905

Albert de Belleroche
Portrait of a lady reclining 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Still life with biscuit tin, circa 1890

Albert de Belleroche
Still life with biscuit tin, circa 1890
£410
Artist Albert de Belleroche: LAtelier, Hampstead, circa 1912

Albert de Belleroche
L'Atelier, Hampstead, circa 1912
£2500
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Still life of kitchen utensils, circa 1890

Albert de Belleroche
Still life of kitchen utensils
£460
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Trial proof - Chauffeuse

Albert de Belleroche
Trial proof - Chauffeuse
£975
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Interior

Albert de Belleroche
Interior
£1300
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Gildys,

Albert de Belleroche
Gildys,
£1200
Artist Albert de Belleroche: The Artists Studio, La Vielle Chapelle, La Boissiere, Chateauden, circa 1909

Albert de Belleroche
The Artist's StudioFor sale 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Portrait of an Artist in a wide brimmed hat, early 1900s

Albert de Belleroche
Portrait of an Artist in a wide...For sale 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Still life

Albert de Belleroche
Still life For sale 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Portrait of a woman

Albert de Belleroche
Portrait of a womanFor sale 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Blue Vase on grey background- circa 1885

Albert de Belleroche
Blue Vase on grey background- circa...For sale 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Portrait of Dr O Conner

Albert de Belleroche
Portrait of Dr O ConnerFor sale 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Life Study - bearded man

Albert de Belleroche
Life Study - bearded manFor sale 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Bust lenght portrait of a woman, 3/4 view, green background - circa 1885

Albert de Belleroche
Bust lenght portrait of a woman 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Les deux petits pots (Les pots jaunes) - circa 1889

Albert de Belleroche
Les deux petits pots (Les pots... 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Girl seated outside of La Boissiere - circa 1909

Albert de Belleroche
Girl seated outside of La Boissiere... 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Bust lenght female nude, 3/4 view, black background - circa 1880

Albert de Belleroche
Bust lenght female nude 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Landscape with green meadow and gated wall- circa 1900

Albert de Belleroche
Landscape with green meadow and... 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Le Secretaire Louis XV1

Albert de Belleroche
Le Secretaire Louis XV1 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: The dining room of John Singer Sargent, circa 1884

Albert de Belleroche
The dining room of John Singer Sargent 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Seascape with sailing boat

Albert de Belleroche
Seascape with sailing boat 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Still life with blue pot and folded cloth, late 1880s

Albert de Belleroche
Still life with blue pot and folded... 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Woman with Hat, circa 1905

Albert de Belleroche
Woman with Hat, circa 1905 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of a foot, early 1880s

Albert de Belleroche
Study of a foot, early 1880's 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Charing Cross Station, circa 1885

Albert de Belleroche
Charing Cross Station, circa 1885 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Still life with crucible, circa 1890

Albert de Belleroche
Still life with crucible, circa 1890 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Profile portrait, head and shoulders

Albert de Belleroche
Profile portrait, head and shoulders 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Caractères from the café de la Rochefoucault

Albert de Belleroche
Caractères from the café de la... 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Four-portrait studies

Albert de Belleroche
Four-portrait studies 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Sleeping woman head and shoulders

Albert de Belleroche
Sleeping woman head and shoulders 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Men sleeping in a carriage

Albert de Belleroche
Men sleeping in a carriage 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Discarded slippers, circa 1890

Albert de Belleroche
Discarded slippers, circa 1890 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Male Nude - life study, circa 1885

Albert de Belleroche
Male Nude - life study, circa 1885