As a boy Blanchard was determined to become an artist and loved to paint scenes of his native village and surrounding countryside. Anxious to promote the development and full flowering of his gifts, his parents sent him to Blois for drawing lessons. They then sent him to Rennes, the chief city of Brittany, to attend the classes of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
Three years of steady work there further developed his skill in drawing, so evident today in the accuracy of each line in his canvases. In 1932 Blanchard left Rennes to attend the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After four years there he had acquired such a mastery of technique that he was chosen to enter the competition for the important Prix de Rome. It was also at this time that Antoine Blanchard discovered a particular interest in painting scenes of the Parisian streets, the canvases which have merited his place in the affections of American and Canadian collectors, as well as those of England, Germany, and his native France. Imaginative artist, refined colorist in love with light, Antoine Blanchard possessed a remarkable skill for creating the atmosphere of a street scene. Though he is considered a contemporary artist, he painted the Paris of 1900 and through his paintings revived a period full of charm. His mastery of drawing resulted in compositions in which the architecture of the buildings is always faultless.
Blanchard received his initial artistic training at the Beaux-Arts in Rennes, Brittany. He then moved to Paris in 1932 where he joined the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He won the Prix de Rome.
He filled the
streets and boulevard with human figures clad in the
mode of 1900 and painted with a fine and accurate brush. For Blanchard, Paris was an inexhaustible
subject. The flower carts in the spring, the book
stalls along the Seine, the Champs-Elysees filled with
bustling crowds after a rain, street cafes with their
brilliant glow of lights reflected in the street and
silhouetting passerby, the famous and historic
buildings -- all furnished subjects for his brush. He
employed rich color in muted resonance, brilliantly
accented with touches of almost electric color in the
skies or on the streets themselves. Blanchard was both
artist and poet in developing his beautiful studies of