Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - Albert de Belleroche: The Artist's Studio, La Vielle Chapelle, La Boissiere, Chateauden, circa 1909

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Albert de Belleroche:
The Artist's Studio, La Vielle Chapelle, La Boissiere, Chateauden, circa 1909

Framed (ref: 5403)

Oil on canvas,
30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm.)

Tags: Albert de Belleroche oil interiors PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST



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

La Boissiere was an inn near Chateaudun where Belleroche stayed when he painted in the countryside.  Here he rented La Vielle Chapelle which  was spacious  enough to house the huge press, (Imprimerie Le Mercier), from which he  hand printed his lithographs.  This painting provides a rare  record in colour of his studio as it appeared circa 1910, the walls  decorated with paintings by Belleroche and his friends - clearly  identifiable is the Lautrec poster of La Revue Blanche (top left). 


Belleroche and Lautrec, exact contemporaries, first became acquainted with each other in the early 1880's when they both frequented the Cafe de la Rochefoucauld.  They soon formed a friendship, painting each others portraits in 1882, and for the following decades shared the same model and mistress Lily Grenier.

La Boissiere was often the setting and subject of Belleroche's lithographs -  his lithograph of 1909 entitled Atelier, La Boissiere, shows the same veiled figure, seated slightly to the left of the viewpoint seen in this oil.

The model, in full mourning dress, is likely to be Julie Emilie Visseaux, the daughter of Belleroche's sculptor friend Jules Edouard Visseaux, whom he married in 1910.



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