JACQUES-EMILE BLANCHE

Biography

January 31, 1861: Jacques-Émile Blanche is born in Passy, son and grandson of famous psychiatrists.

1873: Dr. Blanche and his family moved into a private mansion on Rue des Fontis in Auteuil.

1875 : First visit to Manet in the company of Edmond Maître, who also introduced him to the studio of Fantin-Latour. Purchases works by Monet and Cézanne. Begins an important collection of paintings that continues that of his father.

1879 : Met Oscar Wilde. Accompanies Edmond Maître to Monet's studio, where he acquires La Chaumière. Began construction of the cottage at Bas-Fort-Blanc in Dieppe. His first works are appreciated by Renoir.

1880: Decides to become a painter.

1881: Painted in front of Manet La Brioche, a decisive canvas for his career. Takes painting lessons with Henri Gervex, a friend of his parents. Met Degas at the first sale of Courbet's studio.

1882: Exhibited for the first time at the Salon des artistes français. Went to London with Gervex, Helleu and Rodin; met Whistler, Besnard and Sickert.

1886: Meets André Gide.

1887: Met Whistler in London and became a member of the New English Art Club. Contributed to the Wagnerian Review under the pseudonym James E. White and to the Independent Review.

1889: Participates in the exhibition of "Thirty-three", Georges Petit gallery. Received a private room at the5th Exhibition of the Pastelists Society, as part of the Universal Exhibition. Painted the Study for the Portrait of Stéphane Mallarmé and his friends from La Revue indépendante.

1890: Painted portraits of his father, his mother and George Moore.

1891: Meets Marcel Proust. Spends the summer at the Frémonts manor, residence of Arthur Baignières, in Trouville.

1892: Painted the Portrait of Marcel Proust.

1893: Death of his father.

1895: Marriage with Rose Lemoinne. Painted Rose Blanche lying down. Death of his mother.

1896 : Rented every summer and fall the castle of Tout-la-Ville in Saint-Martin-aux-Chartrains, located between Deauville and Pont L'Évêque, until 1901.

1897 : Painted the portrait of the Young Son of the painter Helleu.

1900 : Gold medal at the World's Fair for The Painter Thaulow and his children.

1902: Rented the Tôt manor in Offranville, where he stayed every summer.

1906 : Rented a studio in London, which he occupied regularly until 1910.

1909 : Attends the first ballet show presented in Paris by the Ballets Russes of which he becomes the "godfather". The dancers posed at his home.

1912 : Personal exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Painted the portrait of André Gide and Jean Cocteau in the garden of Offranville.

1913: Painted the Study for the portrait of Igor Stravinsky.

1919: Publication of Propos de peintres I, De David à Degas (prefaced by Proust).

1921 : Blanche offered a first donation of his works to the Rouen Museum.

1922 : Publication of his first novel Aymeris, with fifty illustrations by the author. Painted The Group of Six.

1923 : Inauguration of a "White" room at the Rouen Museum. Painted the full-length portrait of Radiguet.

1928: Published Propos de peintre III, De Gauguin à la Revue nègre, as well as Mes modèles and Passy.

1936 : Begins writing his memoirs Portraits of a Lifetime published in English in 1937, followed in 1939 by More Portraits of a Lifetime.

1939 : Rose died at the age of 79 in Paris. Leaves the manor of Tôt (required by the English command) and moves to Clos Bernard in Offranville.

1940: Bombing of Offranville. He stops painting because of eye problems.

1941: Writes his memoirs, La Pêche aux souvenirs, a supplement to Portraits of a Lifetime and More Portraits of a Lifetime.

September 30, 1942: Jacques-Émile Blanche died in Offranville. He is buried in the Passy cemetery.

 

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