JACQUES-ÉMILE BLANCHE, PORTRAITIST OF THE BELLE ÉPOQUE

"I am and want to be a portraitist, a portraitist in everything and of everything." So claims Jacques-Émile Blanche (1861-1942) in the chapter "My first portraits" of La Pêche aux souvenirs (1949). An essential portraitist of the society of the turn of the XIXth and the first half of the XXth century, J.É. Blanche rubbed shoulders with the greatest figures of his time, both in Paris and in Normandy.

Jacques-Emile Blanche around 1886 by John Singer-Sargent. Oil on canvas 82x60 cm. Rouen, Museum of Fine Arts.Museums of the City of Rouen/ Photograph C. Lancien / C. Loisel
Museums of the city of Rouen / Photograph C. Lancien / C. Loisel
Museums of the city of Rouen / Agence La Belle Vie

He stayed for the first time on the Côte Fleurie in 1891 at the Manoir des Frémonts. Seduced by this vacation, Rose and Jacques-Émile Blanche returned from 1896 to 1901 to the château de Tout-la-Ville between Deauville and Pont-L'Évêque, where they received the literary, political and artistic "Tout Paris". The painter Paul Helleu - whose portrait he made of his son Jean - and André Gide were among the guests. In 1902, he acquired a property in Offranville (Seine-Maritime), the Tôt manor, where he lived every summer until his death. If Stravinsky, Cocteau, or Anna de Noailles - whose portraits he painted - wrote the history of the arts with an "H", they also wrote the history of Deauville, which was then booming. Jacques-Émile Blanche's style, both lively and refined, drew on both British and French sources of inspiration. Maurice Denis described Blanche's portraits as "a precious collection for future historians; this gallery is the Pantheon of an era. View the biography of Jacques-Emile Blanche

GUIDED TOURS
"Jacques-Émile Blanche" and "Faces of the Sea", every day (duration 1h30): Wednesdays and Saturdays at 5 pm; Thursdays and Fridays at 11 am; Sundays at 3 pm

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Museums of the city of Rouen / Agence La Belle Vie

THE PANTHEON OF AN ERA

The works exhibited at Point de Vue

DR. EMILE BLANCHE, THE ARTIST'S FATHER, 1890.
THE ARTIST'S MOTHER, 1890.
GEORGE MOORE, 1889-1890.
ANDRÉ LEBEY AND HIS DAUGHTER, 1920.
STUDY FOR THE PORTRAIT OF WINNARETTA SINGER, PRINCESS EDMOND DE POLIGNAC, 1913.
STUDY FOR THE PORTRAIT OF THE COUNTESS BAVAROWSKA, 1914.
GILDA DARTHY, CA. 1905-1910.
JEAN COCTEAU IN THE GARDEN OF OFFRANVILLE, 1913.
ANDRÉ GIDE, 1912.
THE GROUP OF SIX, 1922.
THE YOUNG SON OF THE PAINTER HELLEU, 1897.
FIRST STUDY FOR THE PORTRAIT OF PRINCE PHILIPPE DE CARAMAN-CHIMAY, 1914.
STUDY FOR THE FULL-LENGTH PORTRAIT OF RAYMOND RADIGUET, 1923.
ELONGATED WHITE ROSE, CA. 1895.
STUDY FOR THE PORTRAIT OF STEPHANE MALLARME AND HIS FRIENDS FROM THE REVUE INDEPENDANTE, 1889.
STUDY FOR THE PORTRAIT OF IGOR STRAVINSKY.
SECOND STUDY FOR THE PORTRAIT OF ANNA DE NOAILLES, 1913.
STUDY FOR THE PORTRAIT OF HENRI DE MONTHERLANT, 1924.
STUDY FOR THE PORTRAIT OF FRANCIS JAMMES, 1917.
THE LELONG FAMILY.
STUDY FOR THE PORTRAIT OF HENRI BERNSTEIN, 1908.
STUDY FOR THE PORTRAIT OF HENRI BERGSON, 1911.
THE MALLET CHILDREN, ANDRÉ AND PASCALINE, 1906.

JOHN SINGER SARGENT, JACQUES-ÉMILE BLANCHE, CA. 1886.
LUCIEN SIMON, JACQUES-ÉMILE BLANCHE, 1903.

 

COMMISSARIAT :
Sylvain Amic, Director of the Réunion des musées Métropolitains, Rouen Normandie
Diederik Bakhuÿs, Curator, Rouen Museum of Fine Arts
Anne-Charlotte Cathelineau, Curator, Rouen Museum of Fine Arts
Annie Madet-Vache, Curator, future Franciscan Museum
Iman Moinzadeh, Project Manager, Rouen Museum of Fine Arts

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