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4 February 2021

The Artist's Studio, La Vieille Chapelle, La Boissiere, Châteaudun is by Albert de Belleroche (1864-1944). 'La Boissière was an inn near Châteaudun where Belleroche stayed when he painted in the countryside. 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 right). Toulouse-Lautrec and Belleroche were exact contemporaries, who first met at the age of 18. Belleroche painted Toulouse-Lautrec's portrait and shared with him a passion for the model Lili, who epitomised the Belle Epoch aesthetic of Toulouse-Lautrec's most celebrated posters. Lili became Belleroche's favourite model and mistress. When he was 18 Belleroche also met John Singer Sargent, they became life-long friends. Sargent's handling of pastel was a great inspiration to Belleroche, while Belleroche's sensitivity to tone and creation of form through the modeling of light exerted a strong influence on Sargent.' The Artist's Studio is for sale here


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