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Antoine Blanchard, Marcel Masson

by on January 5, 2019

Marcel Masson aka ‘Antoine Blanchard’ (France 1910 – 1988)

Marcel Masson, aka Antoine Blanchard nom de plume, was born in France on November 15, 1910 in a village near the banks of the Loire. Marcel Masson’s father ran a small carpentry and furniture shop in the village.  Marcel was sent to Blois for drawing lessons in his early years. After he continued his training in Rennes at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts studying sculpture and continuing his studies of drawing.  He was awarded ‘le Prix due Ministre’.  Marcel Masson then travelled to live and study in Paris where he enrolled in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.  Marcel Masson was greatly influenced by his predecessor, Edouard Leon Cortes, who was best known for his interpretation of the ‘Paris Street Scene’.  When Marcel Masson began to paint the Parisienne street scenes he opted to paint under a ‘nom de plume’ or ‘pen name’ instead of painting under his own name, Marcel Masson.  Marcel never expected his paintings of the Paris Street Scenes to become so much in demand as they did after Edouard Cortes passed away.  Although Marcel Masson continued to sign his Parisienne subjects with the nom de plume ‘Antoine Blanchard’, he never trademarked or registered the nom de plume.  Marcel Masson had a studio in both Paris and the South of France, where he lived and painted until he died in 1988.
To verify that a painting by ‘Antoine Blanchard’ was painted by Marcel Masson, and to be sure it has been sold through the Arnot Gallery in New York, please contact Arnot Gallery for Certification through the Arnot Gallery Archives.  If verified to have been registered with our Gallery Archives we would be able to provide a Certificate of Authenticity as part of our Gallery Art Services. For Verified Gallery Archive Certification, come to the source directly.


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