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 : Alice Milbank at Ferby Lodge at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Alice Milbank at Ferby Lodge

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1908
Edition : 5
Signature: Unsigned
Size: 16 x 21 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 48752
sold

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.
Stock Number: 48766
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
sold - Additional 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

Albert de Belleroche : Poste St. Hubert a Travers les Arbres (St. Hubert Post Office through the trees) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Poste St. Hubert a Travers les Arbres (St. Hubert Post Office through the trees)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1907
Signature: Signed
Size: 13 x 18 inches.
Stock Number: 48660
Price: $725.00

Albert de Belleroche : Margot avec Bannet, Fiamette, Madame Salvat at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Margot avec Bannet, Fiamette, Madame Salvat

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1907
Signature: Unsigned
Size: 25 x 18 3/4 inches.
Stock Number: 48651
Price: $1500.00

Albert de Belleroche : Ermenagildo Anglada-Camarosa (1871-1959), painter at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Ermenagildo Anglada-Camarosa (1871-1959), painter

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1907
Signature: Signed
Size: 22 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 48734
Price: $950.00

Albert de Belleroche : Miss Madeleine King with violin at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Miss Madeleine King with violin

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1907
Signature: Signed
Size: 21 1/4 x 15 3/4 inches.
Stock Number: 48767
Price: $1200.00

Albert de Belleroche : Madame Salvat, Nu Sur Canap at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Madame Salvat, Nu Sur Canap

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1907
Signature: Unsigned
Size: 11 x 16 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49287
Price: $650.00

Albert de Belleroche : Therese, Madeline

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Therese, Madeline's sister

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1907
Signature: Signed
Size: 15 1/2 x 11 inches.
Stock Number: 49617
Price: $750.00

Albert de Belleroche : Divine de Profil at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Divine de Profil

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1907
Signature: Signed
Size: 6 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches.
Stock Number: 49971
Price: $500.00

Albert de Belleroche : Marthe at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Marthe

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1907
Signature: Signed
Size: 5 1/2 x 4 inches.
Stock Number: 50144
Price: $385.00

Albert de Belleroche : Mr. Pollard at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Mr. Pollard

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1907
Signature: Signed
Size: 8 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches.
Stock Number: 50156
Price: $500.00
SOLD

Albert de Belleroche : La Mantille (lace scarf), Petite Lili at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

La Mantille (lace scarf), Petite Lili

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1907
Signature: Initialed
Size: 6 1/2 x 5 inches.
Stock Number: 50361
Price: $500.00

Albert de Belleroche : Mrs. Milbank at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Bellerocje (1864 - 1944)

Mrs. Milbank

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1907
Signature: Signed
Size: 24 x 17 1/2 inches
Stock Number: 50877c
Price: $1500.00

Albert de Belleroche : Femme at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Femme

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1906
Signature: Signed
Size: 18 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches.
Stock Number: 48653
Price: $1100.00

Albert de Belleroche : Le Boa, Alice Milbank at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Le Boa, Alice Milbank

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1906
Signature: Signed
Size: 24 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches.
Stock Number: 48725
Price: $1500.00

Albert de Belleroche : La Visite de Nini, Madame Leonardi (Nini

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

La Visite de Nini, Madame Leonardi (Nini's visit to Madame Leonardi)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1905
Signature: Signed
Size: 22 x 17 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 48640
sold

Albert de Belleroche : Ermin Scarf at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Ermin Scarf

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1905
Signature: Signed
Size: 5 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches.
Stock Number: 49883
Price: $500.00

Albert de Belleroche : Rosa at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Rosa

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1905
Signature: Initialed in stone
Size: 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches
Stock Number: 49900
Price: $475.00
sold - Additional impressions available, prices may vary. Please Inquire.

Albert de Belleroche : Paysage, Ferby Lodge at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Paysage, Ferby Lodge

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1905
Signature: Unsigned
Size: 6 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 50158
Price: $400.00

Albert de Belleroche : Lili, desabandon, Beatitude, Femme au Cheveux Defaits (Lili, a woman blissfully relaxed, her hair disheveled). at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Lili, desabandon, Beatitude, Femme au Cheveux Defaits (Lili, a woman blissfully relaxed, her hair disheveled).

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1904
Signature: Signed
Size: 16 x 16 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 48716
Price: $650.00

Albert de Belleroche : Fillette au grand chapeau, Petite Florence (Little girl with a large hat, Petite Florence) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Fillette au grand chapeau, Petite Florence (Little girl with a large hat, Petite Florence)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1904
Signature: Signed
Size: 8 3/4 x 12 3/4 inches.
Stock Number: 49275
Price: $650.00

Albert de Belleroche : Petite Tete Mantille (Little lace head scarf), Invitation, Nana at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Petite Tete Mantille (Little lace head scarf), Invitation, Nana

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1904
Signature: Signed
Size: 5 x 3 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49481
Price: $385.00

Albert de Belleroche : Nini, Abandon, Reverie (Nini, lost in a dream) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Nini, Abandon, Reverie (Nini, lost in a dream)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1903
Signature: Signed
Size: 21 1/4 x 17 inches.
Stock Number: 48753
Price: $1000.00

Albert de Belleroche : Songerie (Dreamer), Lili at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Songerie (Dreamer), Lili

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1903
Edition : 40
Signature: Signed
Size: 10 1/8 x 8 inches.
Stock Number: 50951
Price: $475.00

Albert de Belleroche : Femme á la Harpe at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Femme á la Harpe

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1903
Signature: Signed
Size: 26 x 14 3/4 inches.
Stock Number: 48735c
Price: $1400.00

Albert de Belleroche : Songerie (Dreamer), Lili at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Songerie (Dreamer), Lili

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1903
Signature: Signed
Size: 12 x 9 inches
Stock Number: 50954c
Price: $485.00

Albert de Belleroche : La Canotier (straw hat) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

La Canotier (straw hat)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1902
Signature: Initialed
Size: 12 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49255
Price: $800.00

Albert de Belleroche : Nature Morte (Still Life) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Nature Morte (Still Life)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1902
Signature: Signed
Size: 11 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches.
Stock Number: 49339
Price: $450.00

Albert de Belleroche : Unidentified Sitter, Young Lady Leaning on Crossed Hands at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Unidentified Sitter, Young Lady Leaning on Crossed Hands

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1902
Signature: Initialed
Size: 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 50907
Price: $750.00

Albert de Belleroche : Unidentified Sitter & impression prior to cropping at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Unidentified Sitter & impression prior to cropping

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1902
Signature: Signed in stone. Impression prior to cropping is unsigned
Size: Tondo, 2 3/4 inch diameter
Description: sold as pair
Stock Number: 50172c
Price: $700.00

Albert de Belleroche : Jaques Rizo, Greek painter at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Jaques Rizo, Greek painter

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1901
Edition : 10, 2nd state
Signature: Initialed
Size: 14 1/2 x 10 inches.
Stock Number: 48733
Price: $500.00

Albert de Belleroche : La toque noire at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

La toque noire

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1901
Signature: Signed
Size: 14 x 10 inches.
Stock Number: 49328
Price: $625.00

Albert de Belleroche : La Couseuse (Stitcher) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

La Couseuse (Stitcher)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1901
Signature: Signed
Size: 11 x 8 1/4 inches.
Stock Number: 49382
Price: $600.00

Albert de Belleroche : La Petite Caroline at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

La Petite Caroline

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1901
Signature: Signed
Size: 13 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49432
Price: $650.00

Albert de Belleroche : Les Petite Filles (The little girls) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Les Petite Filles (The little girls)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1901
Edition : 40
Signature: Signed
Size: 9 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49736
Price: $600.00
sold - Additional impressions available, prices may vary. Please Inquire.

Albert de Belleroche : Petite Tête at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Petite Tête

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1901
Signature: Signed
Size: 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 50192
Price: $375.00

Albert de Belleroche : Poster, for the Boxing Club de France, Assaut Annuel 1900. Le Samedi 10 Mars at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Poster, for the Boxing Club de France, Assaut Annuel 1900. Le Samedi 10 Mars

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1900
Signature: Signed in stone
Size: 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 48618
sold

Albert de Belleroche : Lance at Dunain House on the 8th of October, 1881. Aprés nature (drawn from life) at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Lance at Dunain House on the 8th of October, 1881. Aprés nature (drawn from life)

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1881
Signature: Unsigned
Size: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 50171
Price: $375.00
SOLD

Albert de Belleroche : Danseuse (Sahri-Djellie) Dancer at the Follies Bergere and the Casino de Paris at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Danseuse (Sahri-Djellie) Dancer at the Follies Bergere and the Casino de Paris

Medium: Lithograph
Signature: Signed
Size: 23 x 14 inches
Stock Number: 48624c
Price: $1800.00

Albert de Belleroche : Divine a la Chaise Lounge at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Divine a la Chaise Lounge

Medium: Lithograph
Signature: Signed
Size: 18 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches.
Description: On pink paper
Stock Number: 48746
sold

Albert de Belleroche : Mr. Berthou/ Erwan Berthou, poet? at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Mr. Berthou/ Erwan Berthou, poet?

Medium: Lithograph
Signature: Signed
Size: 21 x 18 inches.
Stock Number: 48804
Price: $650.00

Albert de Belleroche : Alice de Belleroche at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Alice de Belleroche

Medium: Lithograph
Signature: Initialed
Size: 5 1/2 x 4 inches.
Stock Number: 49288
Price: $475.00

Albert de Belleroche : Le Normand at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Le Normand

Medium: Lithograph
Signature: Signed
Size: 8 x 5 inches.
Stock Number: 49296
Price: $325.00

Albert de Belleroche : Sir Paolo Tosti, Composer at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Sir Paolo Tosti, Composer

Medium: Lithograph
Signature: Signed
Size: 9 1/4 x 8 inches.
Stock Number: 49301
Price: $450.00

Albert de Belleroche : Corner of the house at Rustington at Davidson Galleries

Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)

Corner of the house at Rustington

Medium: Lithograph
Signature: Initialed
Size: 14 x 10 1/2 inches.
Stock Number: 49431
Price: $550.00