Pierre Carrier-Belleuse was born in Paris into a family with a rich artistic legacy. Carrier-Belleuse studied under Alexandre Cabanel and Pierre-Victor Galland at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Carrier-Belleuse was a skillful painter of landscapes, portraits and genre scenes but he particularly excelled in intimate portraits of women. He chose to emphasise the poise and grace of the feminine body in his works and in particular those of ballet dancers. Carrier-Belleuse paintings of ballet dancers in pastel, a medium the artist became celebrated for, are widely collected in today’s art market.
He exhibited regularly at the Salon from 1875 onwards and other venues in Paris including the Society of French Artists in 1888 and the National Society of Fine Arts from 1893 to 1911. His work can be found today in many museums across France, including in La Rochelle, Gray and Le Puy.