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Count Albert de Balleroy
(French, 1828 -1872 )

The artist is notable from various points of view, as he was conspicuously depicted in Edouard Manet's masterpiece, "Le Concert aux Tuilleries," (collection, National Gallery, London) of 1863. Manet depicted himself on the extreme left, behind Albert, Count de Balleroy.

Balleroy shared a studio with Manet in Lavoisier Street, starting in 1855, and was one of a circle of French painters and writers who met to discuss ideas, current affairs, and one another's work. Balleroy kept in touch with these artists over his lifetime, including such luminaries as Charles Baudelaire, Henri Fantin-Latour, and the great Edouard Manet.

Balleroy specialized in the depiction of animals, especially hunting dogs, and exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1853 to 1870. His ancestral home, which is hung with extraordinary examples of his paintings, is the Mansart- designed, Chateau de Balleroy, near Caen in northern France. It is now the renowned Balloon Museum, founded by Malcolm Forbes at the Forbes-owned Chateau in 1975.

Balleroy was well known during his lifetime, and is well represented in European museums, including those at Caen, Bayeux, Saint-Etienne, the Victoria and Albert in London, and the Chateau de Balleroy itself.


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