Arnold A Blanch
(1896 - 1968)
Arnold A. Blanch was active/lived in New York, California, Minnesota. Arnold Blanch is known for landscape, genre, figure and surrealist painting.
Born in Mantorville, Minnesota, Arnold Blanch was a painter of scenes
of social-realist American life with mystical overtones and a child-like seeming
style. He was also a highly respected teacher, lecturer and
visiting critic and was a spokesman for the art colony in Woodstock,
New York. He was married to Lucile Blanch.
Unlike many of
his generation, he seemed disinterested in avant-garde styles and held
to his own approach with canvases that were happy and somewhat romantic
in subject matter. In the 1930s, he was a muralist for the
Federal Art Project and did work in post offices in Fredonia, New York
and Norwalk, Connecticut.
first studied at the Minneapolis
School of Arts, and from 1921 to 1922 was at the Art Students League in
New York City, studying with Kenneth Hayes Miller, John Sloan, and
Robert Henri. He also studied with Boardman Robinson, whose
invitation he accepted to teach in Colorado Springs at the Colorado
Fine Arts Center school. He took seriously their assertions that
should paint from his own experiences and environment.
He was a
member of the American Artists Congress, the Association of American
Artists, the American Watercolor Society, and the Painters, Sculptors,
Gravers Society of America, which he also served as president.
Matthew Baigell, Dictionary of American Art
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
Born in Mantorville, MO on June 4, 1896. Blanch studied at the Minneapolis School of Art and ASL in NYC. He was a visiting teacher at the CSFA during 1930-32 and then at several art schools across the nation while based in Woodstock, NY. He died in Woodstock, NY in October 1968. Exh: San Francisco Art Association, 1931 (prize); CPLH, 1931 (prize), 1948; GGIE, 1939. In: CPLH; MM.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Census; Who's Who in American Art
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