Antoine Blanchard  (French, 1910-1988) 

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Antoine Blanchard (French, November 15, 1910–August 10, 1988) was born as Marcel Masson in the Loire Valley, France. His carpenter father saw Blanchard’s early talent as an artist and sent him to a school in Blois to study Drawing. The artist later attended the École des Beaux-Arts de Rennes. In 1932, Blanchard went on to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he began to explore his love of city life. In 1939, Blanchard was called to serve in World War II shortly after he got married. After the end of the war in 1942, he returned to making artwork. The artist would spend months painting images of Paris during the 1890s. Blanchard’s cityscapes were meant to be a nostalgic vehicle to the Belle Epoque period in Paris. His style of painting echoed the brush strokes of the Impressionists. Like his predecessors, he studied lighting using swift brush strokes and rich colors. His work has been compared to that of Edouard Léon Cortès (French, 1882-1969), who also painted street scenes in Paris. In the 1950s, Blanchard’s paintings were being sold through agents in the United States. It was around this time that Blanchard adopted his pseudonym. By the 1970s, galleries in the United States and Canada were selling Blanchard’s paintings. In 1979, out of 347 artist entries, Blanchard’s Le Café de la Paix won the Premier Grand Prix at a competition at the Café de la Paix. His daughters Nicole and Evelyn also became painters. Blanchard died in 1988 in Paris.

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Antoine Blanchard, Place de la Concorde

 

Antoine Blanchard
Place de la Concorde
Auction: Apr 30, 2014
Dallas Auction Gallery
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Antoine Blanchard, Antoine Blanchard Place de Bastille

 

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Antoine Blanchard Place de Bastille
1960

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Antoine Blanchard, Quai du Louvre

 

Antoine Blanchard
Quai du Louvre
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Antoine Blanchard, Rue Royal Madeleine

 

Antoine Blanchard
Rue Royal Madeleine
Haynes Fine Art of Broadway
Antoine Blanchard, Avenue de L'Opera

 

Antoine Blanchard
Avenue de L'Opera
Haynes Fine Art of Broadway
Antoine Blanchard, Evening Reflections, Paris

 

Antoine Blanchard
Evening Reflections, Paris
Haynes Fine Art of Broadway
Antoine Blanchard, La Place de la République

 

Antoine Blanchard
La Place de la République
Heather James Fine Art
Antoine Blanchard, Quai du Louvre

 

Antoine Blanchard
Quai du Louvre
Rehs Galleries, Inc.
Antoine Blanchard, Arc de Triomphe

 

Antoine Blanchard
Arc de Triomphe
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Antoine Blanchard, Paris

 

Antoine Blanchard
Paris
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Manner Of Antoine Blanchard, View of Notre Dame, Paris

 

Manner Of Antoine Blanchard
View of Notre Dame, Paris
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Antoine Blanchard, A Parisian street scene

 

Antoine Blanchard
A Parisian street scene
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1910   Born on November 15, 1910 in a small village near the banks of the Loire.
1929 - 1932   School of Beaux Arts in Rennes
1932   Travels to Paris to study at l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts
1939   Married earlier in the year. War broke out in September and he is called for service.
1979   Le Café de la Paix; Won the Premier Grand Prix at the first art competition held in Paris’s famed cafe