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Albert Gustave de Belleroche

John Singer Sargent, 12 Jan 1856 - 15 Apr 1925
Albert De Belleroche, 1864 - 1944
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 63.5 x 41.9cm (25 x 16 1/2")
Frame: 86.4 x 66cm (34 x 26")
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Owner: Private collection
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When John Singer Sargent painted English artist Albert de Belleroche in Paris, he had recently received acclaim for El Jaleo (1882), a large painting of Spanish musicians and dancers. Belleroche later described this portrait's initial appearance as "three-quarter life-size . . . of a young man in Florentine costume . . . holding a large double-handed sword." Sargent was at the time also at work on a portrait of Virginie Avegno, Mme. Gautreau, which obtained notoriety for its risqué dress as Madame X at the Salon of 1884. Belleroche, depicted by Sargent in three other paintings, might have also been the subject of a profile drawing long thought to represent Gautreau. Sargent and Belleroche, who became a lithographer, remained friends after Sargent moved to London following the Madame X scandal. The painting remained in Sargent's collection, one of his favorite images.
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Catalog of American Portraits
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