Jacques-Emile Blanche was a French painter born on 1 January 1861 in Paris, France. Blanche was born into a family of successful physicians and grew up in the neighborhood of Passy, where the affluent resided. Renowned painters and writers were part of his father’s clientele, and he met them as a child. Emile Blanche was encouraged to become an artist after a close relationship with Edouard Manet.
Blanche was self-taught. He never had formal training except for taking a few instructions from Henri Gervex and Ferdinand Humbert. In 1881, one of his paintings was accepted at the Salon des Artistes Francais, marking the start of his artistic success. Subsequently, Blanche submitted various paintings to the Salon and held exhibitions with many reputable societies.
After a long stint of winning acclaim for painting, Emile Blanche turned to instructor duties. The start of World War I forced Blanche to temporarily halt any artistic involvement, which he soon returned to after the war. Blanche died on 30 September 1942 in Offranville, where he sought refuge during WW2.
Emile Blanche was known for painting portraits and landscapes in an Impressionist manner. Blanche mostly worked on small-scale paintings, employing loose brushwork and restricted color scheme in his work. The artist was unique for his highly realistic and detailed depictions of models.
Edouard Manet influenced Jacques Emile-Blanche. At age twelve, Blanche’s tutor – Edmond Maitre – introduced him to Manet. Blanche had always admired Manet and described their time together as some of his best moments. The influence of Manet on Blanche’s artworks is evident in the similar brushwork and use of repressed colors.
Jacques-Emile Blanche was associated with the Impressionism art movement.
Below are some of the artworks of Jacques-Emile Blanche
Aubrey Vincent Beardsley
Bouquet of a thousand colors
King’s Road Brighton
Madame Sara Unzué de Madero and her daughters
Painter Thaulow and His Children
Percy Grainger 1906 virtuoso pianist, composer and conductor
Portrait of a girl in a pink bonnet and grey coat
Portrait of a woman
Portrait Of Antonin De Mun As A Young Boy
Portrait of Degas
Portrait of Duchess of Clermont-Tonnerre with Her Dog
Portrait of Marcle Proust
Portrait Of Senora Eugenia Huici De Errazuriz
Punts at Henley
Self-Portrait with Raphael de Ochoa
Still Life with Knife
Sur la Terrasse
The Artist’s Salon at Auteuil
The French expo before the Royal Palace, St Petersburg
The Poet Francis Viele-Griffin And His Family
The Serpentine Hyde Park
Vaslac Nijinsky in ‘Danse Siamoise
Woman with a Veil
Young girl in a hat with poppies