Jacques-Emile Blanche (1861-1942)

Artist Name Jacques-Emile Blanche (1861-1942)
Title Celebrations at Marienplatz, Munich
Description This superb French Impressionist city landscape oil painting is attributed to Jacques Emile Blanche and has his characteristic brushwork. It was painted circa 1900 and portrays a civic ceremony in the Marienplatz, a central square in the centre of Munich, Germany and the city's main square since 1158. Over a wrought iron balcony railing so with a view from a window, one can see the large column with a statue of the virgin Mary on the top, surrounded by floral decorations and flags. Beyond is the grand New town hall, begun in 1898. In the foreground are gold helmeted figures and religious figures in red are approaching from the left. To the right are numerous religious figures in white. Shafts of light come in from the right, adding to the atmosphere and splendour. A fascinating snapshot of history, captured from a view from a window.
Provenance Berkshire estate. 
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 28 x 40 inches
Frame Housed in a complementary frame, 47 inches by 35 inches, in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography Born in Paris, the son of a society neurologist, Jacques-Émile Blanche (1861–1942) was a French painter of portraits and landscapes. He enjoyed fashionable success during his lifetime. From 1884 he visited England almost every year, where he regularly submitted work for exhibition. Blanche’s parents kept a house at Dieppe which was a centre for the town’s social scene, as was Blanche’s studio there at Le Bas Fort Blanc. In Dieppe in the mid-1880s Blanche encountered a cross-section of artists and cultural critics, including George Moore, Arthur Symons, Aubrey Beardsley and Charles Conder, as well as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Paul Helleu and André Gide. When he visited Dieppe in 1885 Walter Sickert visited Blanche, although it seems likely they had met for the first time earlier the same year in London. Blanche’s memoirs suggest this first meeting took place when he visited his friend, Mrs Edwin Edwards, who with her husband was on friendly terms with the painter Henri Fantin-Latour. Sickert had been dispatched there by Whistler to try to persuade Fantin-Latour to visit the American artist’s studio. It was in Blanche’s Dieppe house in 1885 that Sickert refreshed his acquaintance with Degas.
Price £3000
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