antoine blanchard

13 06 2014

ANTOINE BLANCHARD, 1910 – 1988, is the pseudonym that french painter MARCEL MASSON chose, to experiment with nostalgic views of paris based on photo reference that he had collected from the turn of the century, the BELLE EPOCHE period. like EDOUARD CORTES and EUGENE GALIEN-LALOUE, LUIGI LOIR and JEAN BERAUD, he started to paint paris street scenes, often the same views in different seasons and weather situations. he became immensely popular and his style was faked by a lot of artists, using even his signature since the name was not copyrighted. different from CORTES expressive painting style BLANCHARD used smaller brush strokes characteristic to the great masters of the impressionist period, he used more vibrant colors and his motifs with pedestrians in period fashion are more alive than compared to his predecessors.

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© antoine blanchard




3 responses

13 06 2014

I think my parents owned a knockoff. Haha. They’re into a LOT of Euro culture (and we drink tea five times a day, too!).Thanks for sharing. I always wondered where the scene that was painted was. Have a nice day, too.

14 06 2014
Mike Austin

Very beautiful art. Thank you for posting them 🙂 I was an art consultant at Simic Gallery on Rodeo Drive for a time, and we had some of Blanchard’s art front and center, along with Cortes. There was a day when founder of the Ponce Art Museum in Puerto Rico visited us, and I showed him our Parisian street scenes. Also a drawing by Mary Cassatt of her sister.

19 06 2014
Greg Mitchell

These truly are lovely. Thank you for your continued commitment to the art world. Your blog is kind of a “one-stop-shop” to further my education.

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