Antoine Blanchard was born in France in a small village near the banks of the Loire. He displayed an artistic flair early in life. In an effort to promote this talent, his parents sent him to Blois for drawing lessons. He continued his training in Rennes at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
By 1932, he left Rennes and traveled to Paris to study. He enrolled at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and after a few years, he entered the competition for the Prix de Rome. It was in Paris that he developed a love for the city and its street life.
His father had a successful business and upon his death, Antoine was compelled to return to his hometown and run the family business, giving him little time to paint. It wasn’t until after World War II that he retired from the business and returned to his first love – painting. He moved his family to Paris and began to paint the "City of Lights".
Like his contemporary, Edouard Cortes, Blanchard devoted his artistic career to the depiction of Paris through all its daily and seasonal changes. Whether it was l’Arc de Triomphe, la Madeleine, Café de la Paix, Notre Dame or the dozens of other historical monuments and buildings of Paris, his focus was on the daily life of Paris at the turn of the century.
Today he is considered one of the leading exponents of the School of Paris painters.Source : AskArt.com