Henri Bellechose

c1380s–90s Born in Southern Netherlands.

1415 On 23 May Bellachose succeeds Jean Malouel as court painter and valet de chambre to John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, at Dijon.

1416 On May 19th the duke authorises the purchase of materials for Bellechose to complete two panels, one of the Martyrdom of St Denis and another showing the Death of the Virgin, for the Charterhouse of Champmol. Bellechose also carried out decorative work, including painting banners for the duke’s castle of Talant near Dijon.

1419 Completes a coats of arms for the funeral of John the Fearless.

1420 In April Bellechose is appointed court painter to Philip the Good, successor to John the Fearless.

c1424 Marries Alixant Lebon, daughter of a Dijon notary.

1426 Bellechose’s pay has been reduced to two-thirds for reasons unknown.

1429 Last record of a ducal commission for Bellechose; however, there is no record of payment. Philip the Good has moved his administrative centre to the Netherlands and employed the services of Jan van Eyck.

1430 No further record of Bellechose in ducal records.

1440 last record of Bellechose who is no longer living in Dijon

Before 1445 Dies.


Country, Region or State:

FranceDuchy of Burgundy

Henri Bellechose - Selected Works

1415–16 Martyrdom of St Denis, Paris, Musée du Louvre

Henri Bellechose - Featured Paintings

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