COUNT ALBERT DE BELLEROCHE PAINTINGS FOR SALE & BIOGRAPHY
COUNT ALBERT DE BELLEROCHE
Although born in Wales, the artist 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. Belleroche was a founder member of the Salon d'Automne, exhibiting alongside the Impressionists and associating with Emile Zola, Oscar Wilde, Albert Moore, Renoir, Degas, Helleu, Toulouse-Lautrec and John Singer Sargent. He shared a studio with Sargent, who remained a life long friend, and taught Sargent the art of lithography. Sargent made several portraits of Belleroche.
Belleroche's talent was recognized by his contemporaries - Degas owned three lithographs by Belleroche and in the early 1890s the French state acquired a painting for the Luxembourg Gallery. Roger-Marx, the critic who discovered Renoir, was amongst Belleroche's fervent admirers, referring to him as 'le peintre des femmes decoiffées' (Gazette de Beaux-Arts,vol. XLX, January 1905). 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. A room in the Musée D'Orange is dedicated to Belleroche.
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Brighton and Hove Museums, Brighton
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Tate Gallery, London