Albert de Belleroche: Half-length Portrait of a Nude Black Man, 1890's - on Albert de Belleroche

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Albert de Belleroche:
Half-length Portrait of a Nude Black Man, 1890's

Framed (ref: 10147)

Oil on canvas

30 x 20 in. (76 x 51 cm)

Tags: Albert de Belleroche oil Impressionnists portraits study 1.Belleroche Hidden Gems - Nudes



Provenance: Gordon Anderson


The model, as yet unidentified, is believed to have been a part of the colonial exhibition that took place in 1899 in Paris. The model in question would have been a part of a "village nègre" installation - a sort of "human zoo" that became popular as a concept from the 1870s through the the early 1900s.

The device of painting in  silhouette was frequently used by Henri Toulouse Lautrec,  an acquaintance of Albert de Belleroche.  Belleroche and Lautrec were exact contemporaries, and shared in common an aristocratic background and  lived  in and frequented (and painted) the same artistic milieu. They are thought to have painted each others portraits (as yet untraced).  Both artists also had in common, as model and mistress, the celebrated Lily Grenier, who appeared in several  of their paintings. 


We are grateful to Nathalie Coutelet for her assistance


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