Dr. Georges de Bellio (10)
For painters like Monet, Renoir and Pissarro, Georges de Bellio was a friend an protector. In their times of need, they could rely upon him for help. From time to time, for instance, he paid Monet in advance for unfinished paintings or even for works that hadn’t even been started.
Buying and selling works, de Bellio compiled one of the most important collections of (then) modern french art, comparable in number and quality with those of the most important museums.
He pledged to Monet that he would never sell his most important works. And he didn’t.
Nicolae Grigorescu, Portrait de (of) Georges de Bellio, 1876. Oil on canvas, 71 x 54 cm. Musée Marmottan Monet