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A Painter in Paris: Albert de Belleroche

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New exhibition, A Painter in Paris: Albert de Belleroche (1864-1944), arrives at the Russell-Cotes!

New exhibition, A Painter in Paris: Albert de Belleroche (1864-1944), arrives at the Russell-Cotes!

Young Woman, Waist-up, c.1900, Albert de Belleroche

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth is thrilled to unveil a brand new exhibition – A Painter in Paris: Albert de Belleroche (1864 – 1944) – opening its doors on Friday, May 3rd, 2024 and running until Sunday, September 22nd, 2024. This landmark exhibition, presented in partnership with Liss-Llewellyn Fine Art, marks the first major retrospective dedicated to the Welsh-born painter and lithographer, Albert de Belleroche.

A Parisian Immersion

Born in Wales in 1864, Belleroche spent his formative years in France, where he became fully immersed in the vibrant Parisian art scene. Here, he forged deep friendships with artistic luminaries like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas, and Auguste Renoir. Notably, Belleroche also developed a lifelong bond with John Singer Sargent, even sharing studio spaces throughout his career.

This exciting new exhibition presents over 70 of Belleroche’s oils and lithographs, many unseen by the public until now. It embarks on a journey through Belleroche’s artistic evolution, highlighting the profound influence of Impressionist contemporaries on his distinctive style. The exhibition boasts a diverse range of works, from intimate portraits and evocative landscapes to captivating still lifes. Each piece showcases Belleroche’s keen observation skills, technical mastery, and remarkable ability to imbue his scenes with deep emotion.

Landscape Study, c. 1890, Albert de Belleroche

A Time Capsule Unveiled

“We are delighted to present this landmark exhibition dedicated to Albert de Belleroche,” says Russell-Cotes manager Sarah Newman. “His work offers a captivating glimpse into the artistic world of Paris during a transformative era. We believe this exhibition will resonate with art enthusiasts and newcomers alike, offering a chance to discover the beauty and emotion within Belleroche’s paintings.”

La Couseuse, 1901, Albert de Belleroche

Recent years have witnessed a surge of interest in the Belle-Epoque, leading to research and exhibitions featuring artists of the movement. While major institutions like Tate Britain and the Musee d’Orsay present exhibitions on the era, Belleroche’s story remains largely untold. George Kenney’s Catalogue Raissone, Albert de Belleroche, Master of Belle Epoch Lithography (2024) illustrates and analyses many of his lithographs.

A Painter in Paris: Albert de Belleroche provides a unique opportunity to discover the captivating work of this under-recognized artist. Whether you’re a seasoned art lover or simply seeking a captivating cultural experience, this exhibition promises to transport you to another time and place.

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