Albert de Belleroche (1864-1944):
Portrait of a young woman, circa 1900
Framed (ref: 10)
Signed on front with monogram, and numbered on reverse 18
Lithographic crayon / paper, 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (27.5 x 20 cm.)
Literature: Kern Steven, The Rival of Painting: the Lithographs of Albert Belleroche, San Diego Museum of Art, 2001
"His works in lithography are amongst the greatest achievements of the craft since its discovery;" A.M. Hind, Keeper of Prints at the British Museum, 1943.
This drawing is a preparatory work for a lithograph. Hugely admired by his contemporaries for his free drawing style and sensitivity to light, after 1900 Belleroche became a leading figure in portrait lithographs. Belleroche exhibited alongside the celebrated Impressionists and associated closely with the leading intellectuals and painters of the day such as Sargent, Toulouse-Lautrec, Zola, Oscar Wilde and Degas.