Artist Albert de Belleroche: Alice Millbank at Ferby Lodge, 1908

Artist Albert de Belleroche (1864-1944): Alice Millbank at Ferby Lodge, 1908

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Albert de Belleroche (1864-1944):
Alice Millbank at Ferby Lodge, 1908
Unmounted (ref: 2934)

Inscribed 531,

Unsigned proof
20 x 24 in. ((51 x 61)

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Provenance: from the collection of William de Belleorche, the artist's son, thence by descent.

Albert’s mother Alice was the daughter of Desire Baruch of Brussels.  Described as possessing ‘almost legendary beauty’, (painted in 1882 by Carolus Duran),  Alice entertained lavishly at their home in the Avenue Montaigne, her visitors including   Edward VII, then the Prince of Wales, and the American John Singer Sargent, a former student of Duran, whose early successes at the Salons were the talk of Paris. Belleroche and Sargent were to become life-long friends, and shared various studios in Paris and London.

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 and Toulouse-Lautrec. He shared a studio with his friend, John Singer Sargent, whose handling of pastel was to be of great inspiration to Belleroche. In turn, Belleroche's sensitivity to tone and creation of form through the modelling of light exerted an influence on Sargent. Belleroche's talent as a painter 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, XLX, Jan 1905). 

Marx also fully acknowledged Belleroche's importance as painter-lithographer, writing in 1908:  Belleroche holds a premier position in the current renaissance of lithography.  No one since Eugene Carriere has equaled Belleroche's technique or his understanding of lithography.  He is a master.... Indeed he is a painter-lithographer: he brings his subjects to life in moving light and shwadows.  His ink creates tones which reach the limits of the joyous and profound... His art, born in a daylight which is its own jstification, is created from love." ( Roger Marx, Peintres-lithographes Contemporains:Albert Belleroche" Gazette des Beaux-Arts I,  vol 39, 1908,  p. 74.