JACQUES-ÉMILE BLANCHE, PORTRAITIST OF THE BELLE ÉPOQUE

"Portraitist I am and I want to be, of all and above all", claims Jacques-Émile Blanche (1861-1942) in the chapter titled "Mes premiers portraits" (My first portraits) of "La Pêche aux souvenirs" (1949). Essential portraitist of the society of the end of the XIX century and the first half of the XX century, J.É. Blanche met the leading personalities of its time, both in Paris and in Normandy.

Jacques-Emile Blanche in 1886 by John Singer-Sargent. Oil on canvas 82x60 cm. Rouen, musée des Beaux-Arts.© Musées de la Ville de Rouen/ Photographie C. Lancien / C. Loisel
© Musées de la ville de Rouen / Photographie C. Lancien / C. Loisel
© Musées de la ville de Rouen / Agence La Belle Vie

He stayed for the first time in the Côte Fleurie in 1891 at the Manoir des Frémonts. Spending a great holiday time there, Rose and Jacques-Émile Blanche came back from 1896 to 1901 and stayed at the Tout-la-Ville castle, situated between Deauville and Pont-L’Évêque, where they used to host the literary, political and artistic “tout-Paris”. Painter Paul Helleu – whose son Jean was portrayed by Blanche –, André Gide and other guests stayed there. In 1902, the artist bought a large estate in Offranville (Seine-Maritime), successively known as the Manoir du Tot, where he lived for all summers until his death. While writing about art history with a capital “H”, Stravinsky, Cocteau and Anna de Noailles – he painted the portraits of – were also telling the history of Deauville, in full rise at the time. The style of Jacques-Emile Blanche, both living and refined, was influenced by Britannic and French sources of inspiration. Maurice Denis described Blanche portraits as a "valuable collection for future historians; this gallery is the Pantheon of a previous era." See the biography of Jacques-Emile Blanche

GUIDED VISITS 
Guided visits about “Jacques-Émile Blanche” and “Faces à la mer” exhibitions every day (duration 1,5 hour): on Wednesday and Saturday at 5 pm; on Thursday and Friday at 11 am; on Sunday at 3 pm.

FULL CALENDAR OF VISITS AND CONFERENCES HERE

 

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THE PANTHEON OF A PREVIOUS ERA

Works exhibited at the Point de Vue

DOCTOR ÉMILE 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 COUNTESS BAVAROWSKA, 1914.
GILDA DARTHY, AROUND 1905-1910.
JEAN COCTEAU IN THE OFFRANVILLE GARDEN, 1913.
ANDRÉ GIDE, 1912.
LE GROUPE DES SIX, 1922.
THE YOUNG SON OF PAINTER HELLEU, 1897.
FIRST STUDY FOR THE PORTRAIT OF PRINCE PHILIPPE DE CARAMAN-CHIMAY, 1914.
STUDY FOR THE STANDING PORTRAIT OF RAYMOND RADIGUET, 1923.
ROSE BLANCHE LYING, AROUND 1895.
STUDY FOR THE PORTRAIT OF STEPHANE MALLARME AND HIS FRIENDS OF LA 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, AROUND 1886.
LUCIEN SIMON, JACQUES-ÉMILE BLANCHE, 1903.

 

COMMITTEE:
Sylvain Amic, Director of "Réunion des musées Métropolitains", Rouen Normandie
Diederik Bakhuÿs, Curator, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Anne-Charlotte Cathelineau, Curator of Heritage collection, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Annie Madet-Vache, Curator, future Franciscaines museum
Iman Moinzadeh, Project manager, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen