Blanchard, Antoine (French 1910-1988)

Antoine Blanchard was born in a small village near the banks of the Loire in 1910.  He received his initial training at the Beaux-Arts in Rennes, Brittany and then moved to Paris in 1932 where he joined the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and won the Prix de Rome.

Like Edouard Leon Cortes, he essentially painted  Paris and the Parisians in bygone days.  He began painting his Paris street scenes in the late 1950s;  often painting the same landmark many times, in different weather conditions or seasons – showing busy streets with people rushing about.  He was also known for his bright storefronts reflecting on wet streets.

Blanchard always spent much time on his work which is one of the reasons why his production has been rather limited.  He always used small strokes with a delicate, and enveloping treatment.  The slight haziness of his palette in many ways recalls the great masters of the impressionist period.   Today he is considered one of the leading exponents of the Paris School painters. He continued to paint until his death in 1988.

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19th, 20th & 21st Century European Paintings