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A Vision of Paris: Part II
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Antoine BlanchardArc de Triomphe, Avenue des Champs Elysees, Paris 1900 Antoine BlanchardBouquinistes, Notre Dame Antoine BlanchardCafe de la Paix
Antoine BlanchardPlace de la Madeleine, Winter Edouard Leon CortesRue du Temple, Paris Antoine BlanchardSt. Germain des Pres, Paris
Antoine BlanchardRue Tronchet, La Madeleine Antoine BlanchardQuai du Louvre Antoine BlanchardThéâtre des Variétés
Antoine BlanchardBooksellers Notre-Dame, Winter Antoine BlanchardBoulevard des Capucines Antoine BlanchardPlace de la République
Antoine BlanchardPlace du Luxembourg, Le Pantheon Antoine BlanchardPont Saint Michel, Notre Dame Antoine BlanchardLe Boulevard, Paris (Boulevard Haussmann)
Antoine BlanchardOmnibus at the Place de la Madeleine, Winter Antoine BlanchardParis, l’Arc de Triomphe Antoine BlanchardPorte St. Denis, Winter
Antoine BlanchardParis, Rue Tronchet Antoine BlanchardPorte St. Denis Antoine BlanchardThéâtre du Gymnase, Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
Antoine BlanchardNotre Dame, Paris 1900 Antoine BlanchardChamps-Élysées Antoine BlanchardArc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees
Antoine BlanchardAvenue de l'Opéra Antoine BlanchardBoulevard Haussmann Antoine BlanchardBoulevard de la Madeleine
Antoine BlanchardNotre Dame Antoine BlanchardLes Grands Boulevards, et Theatre du Vaudeville Antoine BlanchardGrands Boulevards
Antoine BlanchardCafé de la Paix, Opéra Antoine BlanchardCafé de la Paix, Opéra (Reverse) Antoine BlanchardThéâtre des Variétés
Antoine BlanchardParis, La Cathedrale Notre Dame Antoine BlanchardParis, Les Bouquinistes Antoine BlanchardRue Royale, Madeleine
Antoine BlanchardGrands Boulevard et Porte St. Denis sous la Neige Antoine BlanchardBoulevard des Capucines et Cafe de la Paix en Hiver Antoine BlanchardLa Madeleine, Boulevard des Capucines
Antoine BlanchardFlower Market, Madeleine Antoine BlanchardPlace de la République Antoine BlanchardBoulevard de la Madeleine, Sous la Neige
Antoine BlanchardGare de l'Est Antoine BlanchardGare de l'Est Antoine BlanchardPlace de la Concorde
Antoine BlanchardPlace Saint Michel, Notre-Dame Antoine BlanchardPlace de la Republique Antoine BlanchardParis, Le Chatelet
Antoine BlanchardPlace du Palais Royal Antoine BlanchardPlace du Théâtre de la Comédie Française Antoine BlanchardWinter in Paris, Notre-Dame
Antoine BlanchardPlace de l'Opéra, Cafe de la Paix Antoine BlanchardPlace de la Madeleine Antoine BlanchardRue Royale, Madeleine
Antoine BlanchardBoulevard des Capucines Antoine BlanchardThéâtre du Vaudeville Antoine BlanchardBoulevard de la Madeleine, Sous la Neige
Antoine BlanchardThéâtre des Variétés Antoine BlanchardPlace de la Madeleine, Winter Antoine BlanchardQuai du Louvre
Antoine Blanchardl'Arc de Triomphe Antoine BlanchardGare de l'Est Antoine BlanchardLes Grands Boulevards, et Theatre du Vaudeville
Antoine BlanchardLes Grands Boulevards: Porte St. Martin and Porte St. Denis Antoine BlanchardLe Louvre, Passerelle des Arts Antoine BlanchardThéâtre des Variétés
Antoine BlanchardRue Royale, Madeleine Antoine BlanchardFlower Market at the Madeleine Antoine BlanchardLe Moulin Rouge, Place Blanche a Montmartre
Antoine BlanchardQuai du Louvre, Sous la Neige Antoine BlanchardLes Grands Boulevards, sous la Neige Antoine BlanchardGrands Boulevard, sous la neige
Antoine BlanchardBoulevard de la Madeleine Antoine BlanchardPlace de la Madeleine, Marche aux Fleurs Antoine BlanchardCafe de la Paix, Place de l'Opera
Antoine BlanchardPorte St. Martin Antoine BlanchardTheatre des Varietes Antoine BlanchardPlace du Tertre a Montmartre, Paris
Antoine BlanchardRue Royale, Madeleine Antoine BlanchardLes Grands Boulevards Antoine BlanchardBoulevard de la Madeleine
Antoine BlanchardL'Opera, Cafe de la Paix Antoine BlanchardNotre-Dame, Quai St. Michel Antoine BlanchardRue Royale, La Madeleine sous la Neige
Antoine BlanchardEglise de Saint Germain des pres Antoine BlanchardPorte St. Denis, Les Grands Boulevards Antoine BlanchardBoulevard des Capucines, Place de la Madeleine
Antoine BlanchardQuai St. Michel Antoine BlanchardNotre Dame, Les Bouquinistes  
 
A Vision of Paris: Part II

 

Antoine Blanchard was born in France on November 15, 1910 in a small village near the banks of the Loire. He was the eldest of three children and his father, a carver, managed a small carpentry and furniture shop. Antoine would watch his father hand carve the furniture and began to display an artistic flair early in life - in an effort to promote this talent, his parents sent him to Blois for drawing lessons. He continued his training in Rennes at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he studied sculpture and drawing. Upon completion of his studies, he was awarded the schools highest award: Le Prix du Ministre.

By 1932 he left Rennes and traveled to Paris to study. He enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and after a few years entered the competition for the Prix de Rome. It was in Paris that he developed a love for the city and it's street life.

In 1939 Antoine married a young woman he met in Paris and in September of that year war broke out and he was called up for service. It was not until 1942 that he would return to his art. His daughter Nicole was born in 1944 - she too would follow in the family tradition and after the birth of her two daughters, she became an artist working under the name A. Champeau. It was also around this time that Antoine's father passed away and he was compelled to return to his hometown and run the family business - giving him little time to paint.

His second daughter, Evelyn, was born in 1947 and by 1948 he had given control of the family business to his younger brother and returned to Paris to paint. Contemporary life in Paris had changed and he longed for the bygone days. He began to research the Belle Époque period in Paris - reading and studying all the material on the period he could find.

Many of the subjects and scenes he portrayed were taken from images he collected of Paris during the 1890's and he would often work on paintings for days or months before he finally felt they were complete. A.P. Larde comments in his book Antoine Blanchard, His Life His Work that he has always spent much time on his work. This explains why his production has always been rather limited, unlike the hurried and multiple proliferations of some modern artists… Delicate touches of luminous and shimmering tones produce a marvelous impression of harmony, brightness and light. Alternate shadings and lights, sensitive and mellow blending allow the artist to attain a hardly-ever reached degree of grace, of radiant and glimmering freshness.

Larde continues to write that his works are first of all, a marvelous invitation to an ideal walk through old Paris, so different from that of to-day. Although a large number of historical monuments remain, today's Paris has little in common with Paris at the turn of the century; the scenery may be almost the same, but daily life as it characters has totally changed; the customs have been entirely transformed. In his paintings, Antoine Blanchard invites us to relive this period by showing us pleasant strolls along embankments, squares and boulevards at a period in Parisian life when time did not count, when one had all one's time to idle, to stroll along the streets, to window-shop, to walk quietly along the boulevards or spend the afternoon in a sidewalk café.

Like his contemporary, Édouard Cortès, he devoted his artistic career to the depiction of Paris through all its daily and seasonal changes. But he was not an imitator of Cortes, but rather depicted the life of Paris at the turn of the century from his own point of view and with his own, unique style. Larde makes an interesting comparison: 

Édouard Cortès has always expressed himself in a rather rich virile style, using large and stressed touches, revealing a strength, which recalls the great masters of the XVIIIth century.

On the contrary, Antoine Blanchard has always used small strokes, with a delicate, enveloping and mellow treatment; the slight haziness which is a characteristic of his work in many ways recalls the great masters of the impressionist period.

Whether it was l'Arc de Triomphe, la Madeleine, Café de la Paix, Notre Dame or the dozens of other historical monuments and buildings of Paris, his focus was on the daily life of Paris at the turn of the century. His work became highly sought after and collectors from around the world vied to acquire his new works. Today he is considered one of the leading exponents of the School of Paris painters.

As with all our ‘Virtual Exhibitions’ the works illustrated below have been sold – they are displayed here for your enjoyment.   

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