The Lithography of Bell Epoque Artist Albert de Belleroche

Albert Belleroche (1864-1944) was born at Swansea in Wales on October 22, 1864, the younger son of Edward Charles, Marquis de Belleroche. The Belleroche family bore the ancient French title de Belleroche, but because Albert’s forbearers were Huguenots, they left France and settled in England. Albert’s mother came from Brussels, and throughout his life Albert would maintain strong ties with Belgium. His father, however, died when de Belleroche was a child, and his mother, Alice, who was introduced by the Marquis of Queensbury to Harry Vane Milbank, the elder son of Sir Frederick Milbank, remarried in 1871 when Albert was seven. The family moved to Paris where Alice, a great beauty and engaging hostess, achieved fame for her salons at 23 Avenue Montaigne near the Champs-Elysees.

A turning point in Albert’s future came when Harry Milbank asked Carolus-Duran, one of France’s leading portrait painters to paint Alice. It was at a dinner party she gave for Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, that Carolus-Duran saw several sketches Albert had done, and he suggested that Albert study in his studio. Albert agreed and later recalled the larger significance of this decision; “It was some time in the year 1882, at an annual dinner offered to Carolus Duran by his pupils, that I met Sargent for the first time.  Before long, Belleroche and Sargent were close friends, painting in each other’s studios. Albert also became associated with Helleu, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and others, as well as Lili, the model Lautrec made famous. She would frequently pose for Belleroche.

Sargent did the earliest of his six lithographs about 1895.  Belleroche, for his part, came upon lithography independent of Sargent.  In 1900 Belleroche probably created one lithograph. Then in 1901 there were five or six. By 1903, his commitment to lithography was established.  In this year he became the sole English Membre-Fondateur of the Salon d’Automne.  The few lithographs Sargent did were done on transfer paper and not, as Belleroche perfered, directly on the stone. Two of Sargent’s were of Belleroche and were printed in 1905. The Salon d’Automne quickly grew into an important event with Eugene Carriere, Auguste Rodin, Auguste Renoir and Aristide Maillol serving as president. Belleroche continued to exhibit there and in 1947 the Salon presented a major retrospective exhibition of his work. It too was at the Salon d’Automne that he met Frank Brangwyn, another artist who became a life-long friend.  Some years later, in 1934, the Worthing Art Gallery in Sussex brought out a joint exhibition of the lithographs of Belleroche and Frank Brangwyn. 

Belleroche’s remarkable treatment of his subjects was the direct result of the freedom he felt using the lithographic crayon as spontaneously as he would a paint brush. He owned his own stones and press, selected his papers and directed each step in the lithographic process (he printed lithographs for Sargent and Helleu).  Roger Marx, art critic and champion of lithography, emphasized that the “greasy wax crayon” had become “a vivid force” in Belleroche’s hand. While his “works are diverse…they celebrate, foremost, the womanhood of our time. Whatever the woman’s pose, where ever she might reside, she inspires the viewer with unclouded grace. These are thoroughly modern works which capture brief, reverent moments of joy, tenderness and wonder, much like the works of Sargent, Helleu or Besnard.  Belleroche’s portraits of women are iconographic: they may be benevolent, dignified, gentle, gracious and even humorous or portly. But always they are full of charm and contrast. Upon his stone he puts the allure of a short-lived moment, some feeling of joy or hope he sees in a fleeting smile or a far away look which might suggest a daydream.  Roger Marx concluded that “no one since Eugene Carriere…has equalled Belleroche’s technique…he is a painter-lithographer.”

Between 1905 and 1910 Albert lived in Paris but spent his summers at Chateaudun, southwest of Paris on the Loire River. There also were weeks or months spent at Thornham, his mother’s home in Scotland; Ferby Lodge, her house at St. John’s Wood in London or Glencairn, his own home at 46 West End Land in London. Major exhibitions of his lithographs were held at Galeries Henry Graves in Paris and Goupil Gallery in London. His lithographs were reprinted in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, L’Art et les Artistes, Revue de l’Art ancient et moderne, Connoisseur, Figaro, Die Bilden de Kunst, The Neolith and other publications and revues. In 1910 he married Julie Emilie Visseaux, the daughter of Jules Edouard Visseaux, the sculptor. The marriage deeply disturbed Belleroche’s model, Lili, who had tried to break up the couple. Using her key to Albert’s Paris flat, she stole all of his portraits of her. 

 

Following his marriage (at a Protestant Church in London on June 6, 1910 and a Catholic Church in Paris on September 24) Belleroche decided to leave Paris to live in Glencairn in Hampstead. A daughter Alice was born in 1911. In 1912 a son, William, was born, and in 1914, a second son, Harry, was born. Albert continued working with lithography, portraying intimate scenes of his family and friends until his death in 1944.

*This biography was gleaned in large part from writings by Bernard Derroitte of Armstrong Fine Art

 

 

Albert de Belleroche : Le Gros Orme, Maedonald Cottage, Petington at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Le Gros Orme, Maedonald Cottage, Petington

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1924
Signature: Initialed
Size: 12 1/2 x 9 inches.
Condition: Toning Margins
Stock Number: 49282
Price: $550.00

Albert de Belleroche : Rustington Manor (England

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Rustington Manor (England's South Coast)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1919
Signature: Initialed
Size: 10 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49618
Price: $600.00

Albert de Belleroche : The Sporting Girl, Miss Joan at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

The Sporting Girl, Miss Joan

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1917
Signature: Signed
Size: 15 x 11 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49271
Price: $925.00

Albert de Belleroche : Tête de Femme, Miss Stuart, Rustington (England) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Tête de Femme, Miss Stuart, Rustington (England)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1917
Signature: Signed
Size: 17 x 13 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49472
Price: $725.00

Albert de Belleroche : Goodbye at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Goodbye

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1917
Signature: Initialed
Size: 12 x 6 inches.
Stock Number: 50360
Price: $875.00

Albert de Belleroche : The Little Maid, Miss Spain Madelon at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

The Little Maid, Miss Spain Madelon

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1916
Signature: Signed
Size: 22 x 18 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 48688
Price: $1500.00

Albert de Belleroche : Songeuse (Singer) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Songeuse (Singer)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1916
Signature: Initialed
Size: 8 3/4 x 7 inches.
Stock Number: 49304
Price: $825.00
Impressions available. Prices may vary, please inquire.

Albert de Belleroche : Rosamond at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Rosamond

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1916
Signature: Signed
Size: 12 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49311
Price: $785.00

Albert de Belleroche : Interior, Julie de Belleroche seated at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Interior, Julie de Belleroche seated

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1916
Signature: Unsigned
Size: 14 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49318
Price: $585.00

Albert de Belleroche : Petite Femme Assise (Young woman seated) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Petite Femme Assise (Young woman seated)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1915
Signature: Initialed
Size: 13 1/2 x 11 inches.
Condition: A mark at the corner and tiny holes outside image.
Stock Number: 49569
Price: $750.00

Albert de Belleroche : Miss E. Spain at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Miss E. Spain

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1915
Signature: Signed
Size: 13 1/2 x 11 inches
Stock Number: 50800
Price: $700.00

Albert de Belleroche : La fille a la Fleur at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

La fille a la Fleur

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1914
Signature: Signed
Size: 10 3/4 x 8 inches.
Stock Number: 49308
Price: $650.00
Impressions available. Please inquire, price may vary.

Albert de Belleroche : Study, Glencairn (Scotland) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Study, Glencairn (Scotland)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1914
Signature: Unsigned
Size: 10 1/2 x 9 inches.
Stock Number: 49333
Price: $475.00

Albert de Belleroche : Pensive, Miss Charles at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Pensive, Miss Charles

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1914
Signature: Signed
Size: 16 x 10 3/4 inches.
Price: $950.00

Albert de Belleroche : Woman Sewing, Dorothy at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Woman Sewing, Dorothy

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1914
Signature: Signed
Size: 14 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches.
Stock Number: 49548
Price: $825.00

Albert de Belleroche : Early Morning at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Early Morning

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1914
Signature: Initialed
Size: 13 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49573
Price: $900.00

Albert de Belleroche : Miss Charles at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Miss Charles

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1914
Signature: Signed
Size: 5 x 4 inches.
Stock Number: 50805
Price: $600.00

Albert de Belleroche : The Postwoman at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

The Postwoman

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1914
Signature: Initialed
Size: 15 x 10 inches.
Stock Number: 50810
Price: $1000.00

Albert de Belleroche : Unidentified Sitter at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Unidentified Sitter

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1913
Signature: Initialed
Size: 12 x 10 inches.
Stock Number: 49245
Price: $850.00

Albert de Belleroche : Petite Femme Accoudie, Mantille (Young woman with lace scarf leaning) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Petite Femme Accoudie, Mantille (Young woman with lace scarf leaning)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1913
Signature: Signed
Size: 16 1/2 x 12 inches.
Stock Number: 49300
Price: $700.00

Albert de Belleroche : Dans L

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Dans L'Atelier (Studio), Glencairn (Scotland)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1913
Signature: Initialed
Size: 14 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches.
Stock Number: 49401
Price: $625.00

Albert de Belleroche : Petite Tête de Femme at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Petite Tête de Femme

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1913
Signature: Initialed
Size: 6 x 6 inches
Stock Number: 49856
Price: $485.00

Albert de Belleroche : Coin d

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Coin d'Atelier (Corner of the studio)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1912
Signature: Unsigned
Size: 21 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches.
Stock Number: 48712
Price: $585.00

Albert de Belleroche : Juliette, Julie de Belleroche at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Juliette, Julie de Belleroche

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1912
Signature: Signed
Size: 23 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 48756
Price: $1200.00

Albert de Belleroche : Unidentified Sitter at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Unidentified Sitter

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1912
Signature: Initialed
Size: 13 x 5 inches
Stock Number: 49251c
Price: $900.00

Albert de Belleroche : Convalescence, Julie de Belleroche at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Convalescence, Julie de Belleroche

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1911
Signature: Initialed
Size: 19 x 15 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 48648
Price: $750.00

Albert de Belleroche : Le Reveil (waking), Julie de Belleroche at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Le Reveil (waking), Julie de Belleroche

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1911
Signature: Signed
Size: 11 3/4 x 12 inches.
Stock Number: 49254
Price: $650.00

Albert de Belleroche : Femme au Lit Convalescence (Woman on a bed convalescing), Julie de Belleroche at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Femme au Lit Convalescence (Woman on a bed convalescing), Julie de Belleroche

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1911
Signature: Unsigned
Size: 10 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches.
Stock Number: 49324
Price: $725.00

Albert de Belleroche : Julie de Belleroche at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Julie de Belleroche

Medium: Lithograph, sepia
Year: 1911
Signature: Signed
Size: 14 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49356
Price: $625.00

Albert de Belleroche : Chiffon, Julie de Belleroche pregnant with Willie (William de Belleroche) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Chiffon, Julie de Belleroche pregnant with Willie (William de Belleroche)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1911
Signature: Signed
Size: 15 x 10 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49485
Price: $725.00

Albert de Belleroche : Le Collier (necklace), Rose at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Le Collier (necklace), Rose

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1911
Signature: Signed
Size: 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches.
Stock Number: 49500
Price: $600.00

Albert de Belleroche : La Toilette, Julie de Belleroche at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

La Toilette, Julie de Belleroche

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1911
Signature: Initialed
Size: 14 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49551
Price: $650.00

Albert de Belleroche : Léone at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Léone

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1910
Signature: Signed
Size: 27 1/2 x 21 1/4 inches.
Stock Number: 48701
Price: $1800.00

Albert de Belleroche : Femme au Piano at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Femme au Piano

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1910
Edition : 10
Signature: Signed
Size: 14 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49294
Price: $625.00

Albert de Belleroche : Interieur la Boissiere (Sawmill), Chateaudun (France) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Interieur la Boissiere (Sawmill), Chateaudun (France)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1909
Signature: Unsigned
Size: 21 x 14 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 48696
Price: $575.00

Albert de Belleroche : La Boissiere, Chateaudun at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

La Boissiere, Chateaudun

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1909
Signature: Initialed
Size: 10 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49345
Price: $550.00

Albert de Belleroche : The Old Clock, Ferby Lodge at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

The Old Clock, Ferby Lodge

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1909
Signature: Unsigned
Size: 11 1/4 x 9 inches.
Stock Number: 49408
Price: $400.00

Albert de Belleroche : Nude at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Nude

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1909
Signature: Signed
Size: 10 1/4 x 14 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49413
Price: $800.00

Albert de Belleroche : Cape Maltese at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Cape Maltese

Medium: Lithograph, sepia
Year: 1909
Signature: Initialed
Size: 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches.
Stock Number: 49423
Price: $550.00

Albert de Belleroche : Ermenagildo Anglada Camarasa smoking at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Ermenagildo Anglada Camarasa smoking

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1909
Signature: Signed
Size: 10 x 9 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49471
Price: $600.00

Albert de Belleroche : Joseph Pennell, the artist at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Joseph Pennell, the artist

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1909
Signature: Unsigned
Size: 8 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches.
Stock Number: 50157
Price: $475.00

Albert de Belleroche : Châteaudun, Eure-et-Loir at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Châteaudun, Eure-et-Loir

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1909
Signature: Signed
Size: 9 x 10 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 50166
Price: $550.00

Albert de Belleroche : Charles Lucien Léandre, French cartoonist & painter at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Charles Lucien Léandre, French cartoonist & painter

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1908
Signature: Unsigned
Size: 16 x 12 inches.
Stock Number: 48690
Price: $485.00

Albert de Belleroche : Miss Sablon, La Chanteuse at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Miss Sablon, La Chanteuse

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1908
Signature: Initialed
Size: 20 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 48738
Price: $1100.00

Albert de Belleroche : Parisiense, Madame Rosenthal at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Parisiense, Madame Rosenthal

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1908
Signature: Signed
Size: 20 x 17 1/2 inches.
Price: $1500.00

Albert de Belleroche : Invitation & proposed cropping of image at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Invitation & proposed cropping of image

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1908
Signature: Signed
Size: 4 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches.
Description: sold as a pair
Stock Number: 50200
Price: $500.00
Impressions available, prices may vary. Please Inquire.

Albert de Belleroche : Mlle. Manon at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Mlle. Manon

Medium: Lithograph, Sanguine
Year: 1908
Signature: Signed
Size: 8 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches.
Stock Number: 50277
Price: $500.00

Albert de Belleroche : Unidentified Sitter at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Unidentified Sitter

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1908
Signature: Initialed
Size: 6 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
Stock Number: 49444c
Price: $425.00

Albert de Belleroche : Mrs. Milbank at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Mrs. Milbank

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1908
Signature: Signed
Size: 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches
Stock Number: 49919c
Price: $425.00

Albert de Belleroche : Marthe at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Marthe

After: Albert de Belleroche
Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1908
Signature: Signed
Size: 9 1/2 x 8 inches
Stock Number: 50390c
Price: $485.00
Impressions available, prices may vary. Please Inquire.