Albert de Belleroche: Seated nude (recto); au toilette (verso) - on Albert de Belleroche



Albert de Belleroche:
Seated nude (recto); au toilette (verso)

Unmounted (ref: 9176)
Red chalk (recto); black chalk (verso)
14 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. (37.5 x 35.8 cm)

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Provenance: The Artist's Estate

The pose of this model, au toilette, is typical of the studies Belleroche made for his lithographic portraits: 

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 decoiffĂ©es' (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 shadows.  His ink creates tones which reach the limits of the joyous and profound... His art, born in a daylight which is its own justification, is created from love." (Roger Marx, Peintres-lithographes Contemporains:Albert Belleroche Gazette des Beaux-Arts I,  vol 39, 1908,  p. 74).

Picture to reverse;

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