Bellu Family Traces –Bellu Cemetery, Bellu Countryside Mansion, the Marmottan museum, George Bellio
Bellu Family Traces :
Countryside Mansion of Bellu Family
Countryside Mansion of Bellu family was built by the baron Alexandru Bellu; at the beginning of the 20th century, he owned an electric factory, cars and garages, a photo studio, a cinema and a Ericsson phone, but had homes in Nice, Venice, Paris and Vienna – even building a huge hospital here.
Endowed with refined taste and unlimited funds, the baron Alexandu Bellu collected porcelain, paintings, silverware, furniture and various objects d’art from all over the world. All the items you can see in Bellu Countryside Mansion are special and of priceless value. Some of them date back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries. The living room, the study, the salon, the Oriental and the Chinese salon impress with the perfectly kept furniture from various periods and priceless paintings, icons, ceramics and rare objects.
Countryside Mansion -of Bellu Family – stands as a monument of old Romanian architecture –spectacular, enigmatic with its mysteries and strange events when the darkness falls.
The huge fortune of Bellu family both in Romania and Europe couldn’t stop the tragic destiny of its last descendants.
During communist regime, the last Bellu baron together with his wife lived in an annex building of the Bellu Countryside Mansion; more exactly they lived in the house of the gardener.
He was married with a beautiful French woman, Odette Ruffer, but people said that he cheated on her many times and had many children with other women.
The last descendant of the Bellu family, lived his last years of his life by resorting to the mercy of his neighbors, in that gardener’s house with a miserable pension. George Bellu died in 1973 in poverty.
His beautiful French wife, Odette Ruffer, loved him enormously and suffered a lot for him.
Odette cried for each of his adventures; she mourned his death; Mrs Bellu grieved her dependence on the neighbours’ mercy during the communist regime.
Some people say that she died of poisoning, others that she committed suicide
Since then, strange noises and her cry can be heard during the night.
People say that she is still there, in the mansion. Odette is walking during the night through the beautiful rooms where she was so unhappy.
Bellu Family Tracces :
Baron Alexandru Bellu, donated the land for cemetery on 1830.
Bellu cemetery became in time the resting place of nobility, artists and politicians altogether. Actually, the most important or rich persons were buried here. Great sculptors and architects where hired to create statues, statuary groups, monumental sepulchres that could tell about the lives of those buried here; so Bellu cemetery was turning in an open air funerary art exhibition. Legends and tragic stories accompany the 300 monuments on display, out of which, ones are very tragic.
One of them is the tragic story of Poenaru Family, a Shakespearean but real story …people told that, a young and rich boy, Constantin Poenaru went for study to Paris. During a student ball, he met a beautiful girl and fell in love with her. But his father banned the marriage, threated to disinherit the young student so he was forced to come back home. Returned home, Constantin had a prosperous life, becoming one of the wealthiest men from Bucharest, notorious for his acts of charity.
At his turn, he sent his son to study to Paris. But the story repeated itself, his son fell in love with a young French girl – only that, knowing his father’s story, the son married in secret. Later, coming to Bucharest and introducing her to his family, the father put the story together and realized that the girl was actually his daughter. The spouses were brother and sister. People say the young Poenaru shot his beloved wife after that he committed suicide. Only the girl is in the tomb; he was buried somewhere at the end of the cemetery because he committed suicide. Orthodox Church forbidden the religious ritual for him. The father, Constantin, after filled his will leaving the entire family wealth to the town of Caracal, committed suicide as well.
It is told that people who really love with pure and innocent hearts can hear the walling of the lovers around the grave.
Bellu Family Traces :
Marmottan Museum connected with the name of George Bellu or Bellio
Bellu family, more exactly George Bellu was a great supporter of impressionist painters. 20 of the paintings of the Marmottan museum are his family donation.
So, George come to Paris to study medicine but his passion was the art. Due to his huge wealth, he become an art collector under the name Georges de Bellio. Deeply impressed by the painters named later as impressionists he became their supporter and protector helping them everywhere, every time.
“Whenever any of us urgently needed money, he ran to the Riche Cafe at noon; It was certain that Mr. Bellio was there, he bought, even without seeing, all the paintings offered “- Auguste Renoir told.
Georges de Bellio married Catherine Rose Guillemet with whom he had only one girl, Victorine (1863-1958). In 1893, she married Jules Donop de Monchy.
She has inherited the collection of over 300 paintings of her father; it is the largest and most important collection of impressionist painting in France.
Marmottan Museum has 20 paintings of impressionist painters donated by Bellu Family
In 1932, Victorine decided that the entire collection would be donated to the Beaux-Arts Academy in Paris. Meanwhile, part of the works got another trajectory; after her death, 20 of them arrived, as a donation, at the Marmottan Museum.
The name under which the donation was made is not Bellu, not even Bellio. The donor is “Donp de Monchy legs” – Victorine Bellu’s marriage name.