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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: Study of a young girl, profile portrait, circa 1880
Albert de Belleroche
Study of a young girl  For sale
£5500
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Model in stockings seated on an armchair, profile view
Albert de Belleroche
Model in stockings seated on an...  For sale
£425
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  For sale
£425
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of hands knitting
Albert de Belleroche
Study of hands knitting  For sale
£425
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Nude study in profile
Albert de Belleroche
Nude study in profile  For sale
£500
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Recliniing nude, rear view
Albert de Belleroche
Recliniing nude, rear view  For sale
£400
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Standing female nude, leaning forward, three quarter rear view
Albert de Belleroche
Standing female nude  For sale
£500
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Figure sleeping, face averted
Albert de Belleroche
Figure sleeping, face averted  For sale
£550
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Nude alongee, in front of a fireplace rear view.
Albert de Belleroche
Nude alongee  For sale
£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  For sale
£400
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Model posed kneeling with her left leg slightly raised
Albert de Belleroche
Model posed kneeling with her left...  For sale
£300
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...  For sale
£500
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of a horse in a stable
Albert de Belleroche
Study of a horse in a stable  For sale
£550
Artist Albert de Belleroche: An interior, possibly a corner of the studio Hampstead
Albert de Belleroche
An interior  For sale
£300
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Portrait study of a woman seated atop a bench
Albert de Belleroche
Portrait study of a woman seated...  For sale
£575
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Rear view of a model reclining
Albert de Belleroche
Rear view of a model reclining  For sale
£500
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Seated nude (recto); au toilette (verso)
Albert de Belleroche
Seated nude (recto); au toilette...  For sale
£750
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  For sale
£400
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of roses, viewed from behind
Albert de Belleroche
Study of roses, viewed from behind  For sale
£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...  For sale
£800
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...  For sale
£300
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of arms and hands
Albert de Belleroche
Study of arms and hands  For sale
£200
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...  For sale
£575
Artist Albert de Belleroche: An artist sketching
Albert de Belleroche
An artist sketching  For sale
£270
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Full length standing nude, three quarter view
Albert de Belleroche
Full length standing nude  For sale
£350
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Portrait of a lady reclining, circa 1905
Albert de Belleroche
Portrait of a lady reclining  For sale 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Still life with biscuit tin, circa 1890
Albert de Belleroche
Still life with biscuit tin, circa 1890  For sale
£410
Artist Albert de Belleroche: LAtelier, Hampstead, circa 1912
Albert de Belleroche
L'Atelier, Hampstead, circa 1912  For sale
£2500
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Still life of kitchen utensils, circa 1890
Albert de Belleroche
Still life of kitchen utensils  For sale
£460
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Trial proof - Chauffeuse
Albert de Belleroche
Trial proof - Chauffeuse  For sale
£975
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Interior
Albert de Belleroche
Interior  For sale
£1300
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Gildys,
Albert de Belleroche
Gildys,  For sale
£1200
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Still life
Albert de Belleroche
Still life  For sale
£10450
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Portrait of Dr O Conner
Albert de Belleroche
Portrait of Dr O Conner  For sale
£11000
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Profile study of an old man, head and shoulders, early 1880s
Albert de Belleroche
Profile study of an old man  For sale
£7500
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Woman arranging flowers (Julie Emilie Visseaux?)
Albert de Belleroche
Woman arranging flowers (Julie...  Reserved 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Still life with White Lilacs
Albert de Belleroche
Still life with White Lilacs  Reserved 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: The Artists Studio, La Vielle Chapelle, La Boissiere, Chateauden, circa 1909
Albert de Belleroche
The Artist's Studio  For 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: Portrait of a woman
Albert de Belleroche
Portrait of a woman  For 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: Life Study - bearded man
Albert de Belleroche
Life Study - bearded man  For 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  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Les deux petits pots (Les pots jaunes) - circa 1889
Albert de Belleroche
Les deux petits pots (Les pots...  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Girl seated outside of La Boissiere - circa 1909
Albert de Belleroche
Girl seated outside of La Boissiere...  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Bust lenght female nude, 3/4 view, black background - circa 1880
Albert de Belleroche
Bust lenght female nude  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Landscape with green meadow and gated wall- circa 1900
Albert de Belleroche
Landscape with green meadow and...  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Le Secretaire Louis XV1
Albert de Belleroche
Le Secretaire Louis XV1  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: The dining room of John Singer Sargent, circa 1884
Albert de Belleroche
The dining room of John Singer Sargent  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Seascape with sailing boat
Albert de Belleroche
Seascape with sailing boat  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Still life with blue pot and folded cloth, late 1880s
Albert de Belleroche
Still life with blue pot and folded...  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Woman with Hat, circa 1905
Albert de Belleroche
Woman with Hat, circa 1905  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of a foot, early 1880s
Albert de Belleroche
Study of a foot, early 1880's  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Charing Cross Station, circa 1885
Albert de Belleroche
Charing Cross Station, circa 1885  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Still life with crucible, circa 1890
Albert de Belleroche
Still life with crucible, circa 1890  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Profile portrait, head and shoulders
Albert de Belleroche
Profile portrait, head and shoulders  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Caractères from the café de la Rochefoucault
Albert de Belleroche
Caractères from the café de la...  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Four-portrait studies
Albert de Belleroche
Four-portrait studies  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Sleeping woman head and shoulders
Albert de Belleroche
Sleeping woman head and shoulders  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Men sleeping in a carriage
Albert de Belleroche
Men sleeping in a carriage  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Discarded slippers, circa 1890
Albert de Belleroche
Discarded slippers, circa 1890  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Male Nude - life study, circa 1885
Albert de Belleroche
Male Nude - life study, circa 1885  Privately held 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Still Life of a Fireplace with vases and flowers
Albert de Belleroche
Still Life of a Fireplace with vases...  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Nude, lying on bed II
Albert de Belleroche
Nude, lying on bed II  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Woman lying down
Albert de Belleroche
Woman lying down  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Seated nude in the dark
Albert de Belleroche
Seated nude in the dark  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Seated nude, turned away
Albert de Belleroche
Seated nude, turned away  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Nude, lying on bed
Albert de Belleroche
Nude, lying on bed  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: An Allegory of Painting, 1880s
Albert de Belleroche
An Allegory of Painting, 1880's  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Sheet of flower studies
Albert de Belleroche
Sheet of flower studies  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Profile study, head and shoulders, of a young woman looking down
Albert de Belleroche
Profile study  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of a woman seated leaning forward, full length three-quarter view, circa 1900
Albert de Belleroche
Study of a woman seated leaning forward  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of a model reclining on her front, her right leg raised
Albert de Belleroche
Study of a model reclining on her front  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: The Milliner, 1914
Albert de Belleroche
The Milliner, 1914  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Lavinia in a large hat, circa 1915
Albert de Belleroche
Lavinia in a large hat, circa 1915  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Léone, 1910
Albert de Belleroche
Léone, 1910  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Seated nude
Albert de Belleroche
Seated nude  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Portrait of a young woman, chin slightly raised, circa 1900
Albert de Belleroche
Portrait of a young woman  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of a model , with hairband, circa 1900
Albert de Belleroche
Study of a model  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Nurse
Albert de Belleroche
Nurse  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Selfridge Girls at work, one on a ladder, circa 1914
Albert de Belleroche
Selfridge Girls at work  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Chauffeuse
Albert de Belleroche
Chauffeuse  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Seated Nude with her arms crossed
Albert de Belleroche
Seated Nude with her arms crossed  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of a woman with coat
Albert de Belleroche
Study of a woman with coat  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Sleeping nude on a sofa
Albert de Belleroche
Sleeping nude on a sofa  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Portrait of a woman with high collar, head and shoulders, circa 1905
Albert de Belleroche
Portrait of a woman with high collar  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of a nude, crica 1900
Albert de Belleroche
Study of a nude, crica 1900  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Head of a woman wearing a decorated hat, profile and three quarter view, circa 1900
Albert de Belleroche
Head of a woman wearing a decorated hat  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Half length portrait of a young girl, leaning forward, circa 1910
Albert de Belleroche
Half length portrait of a young girl  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Portrait of a woman in a full brimmed hat decked with muslin, circa 1905
Albert de Belleroche
Portrait of a woman in a full...  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Portrait of the artists wife(?) head and shoulders, three quarter view, circa 1905
Albert de Belleroche
Portrait of the artists wife(?) head...  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Woman sleeping, 1894
Albert de Belleroche
Woman sleeping, 1894  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Study of a seated nude, left arm raised, circa 1890
Albert de Belleroche
Study of a seated nude  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Place de Clichy, c. 1890
Albert de Belleroche
Place de Clichy, c. 1890  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Woman sleeping, head and shoulders circa 1900
Albert de Belleroche
Woman sleeping  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Seascape, c. 1890
Albert de Belleroche
Seascape, c. 1890  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Young Girl, profile study, circa 1900
Albert de Belleroche
Young Girl, profile study, circa 1900  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Still life of jugs, circa 1890
Albert de Belleroche
Still life of jugs, circa 1890  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: Contemplation
Albert de Belleroche
Contemplation  Sold 
Artist Albert de Belleroche: The doctors Gladstone bag and hat, circa 1900
Albert de Belleroche
The doctor's Gladstone bag and hat  Sold