Albert de Belleroche (1864-1944):
Half length Profile Study of a Bearded Man, mid 1880's
Framed (ref: 10148)
Oil on canvas
33 7/8 x 26 3/4 in. (86 x 68 cm)
Provenance: Gordon Anderson
‘That, in my opinion, is one of the finest examples of flesh painting that I have ever seen; it is not paint but real flesh’.
- Sir Frank Brangwyn, The Times, 22 October 1941
The life studies by Albert de Belleroche often date to his training under Carolus-Duran (1837-1917). The palette used, with subtle modulated flesh tones set against rich and contrasting background colours, especially dark reds, are typical of Carolus-Duran’s signature portraits, yet bear the hallmarks of a young artist striving for individuality.
It was during this period that Belleroche met John Singer Sargent, who was to become a life long friend, and with whom he shared studios in Paris and London.