Provenance: From the collection of Count William de Belleroche, The Artist's son until 1965; thereafter private collection, aquired by Liss Fine Art in 2000. Literature: House and Garden 2001.
Although the sitter of this portrait is as yet unidentified the same model posed for Belleroche's lithograph Femme a la harpe, (1906).
Belleroche was a founder member of the Salon d'Automne, exhibiting
alongside the Impressionists and associating with Emile Zola, Oscar
Wilde, Albert Moore, Renoir, Degas, Helleu and Toulouse-Lautrec. He
shared a studio with his friend, John Singer Sargent, whose handling of
pastel was to be of great inspiration to Belleroche. In turn,
Belleroche's sensitivity to tone and creation of form through the
modelling of light exerted an influence on Sargent. Belleroche's talent
as a painter was recognized by his contemporaries - Degas purchased a
work from him 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 decoiffées' (Gazette de Beaux-Arts,
XLX, Jan 1905).