Albert de Belleroche (1864-1944):
Life Study, c.1880
Framed (ref: 189)
Signed on reverse 1880's
Oil on canvas,
Provenance: The Artist's own collection
Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.92.
Praising one of Albert de Belleroche's paintings of a life model, Brangwyn wrote: 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’. Theses life studies by Albert de Belleroche date to his period of 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 of the Belle Epoch. 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.