by Mat Dirjish
New York City’s Rehs Galleries—specialists in 19th and 20th century European and American works of art—has launched an updated Antoine Blanchard (1910-1988) Virtual Catalogue Raisonné. The catalogue raisonné project began in 2007 after the gallery found that almost 80% of the works offered at auction were not by the ‘Antoine Blanchard’, whose real name was Marcel Masson.
According to the gallery, during his lifetime, Antoine Blanchard’s paintings were in such demand that galleries and dealers who could not obtain them hired other artists to paint similar scenes and signed them, Antoine Blanchard. It also came to light that one of his main dealers sold works by some of these other artists. Rehs Galleries felt it was time to clean up the market.
Current gallery expert Amy Rehs said, “It was in the late 1950s that the artist became completely immersed in capturing views of Paris during the late 19th century, a subject matter he would continue with until he died in 1988. It also appears that this was the same period when he started using the pseudonym Antoine Blanchard, though it is still unknown why.”
The Antoine Blanchard virtual catalogue raisonné is an ongoing project. The catalog is accessible on The Paintings, Drawings and Exhibitions of Antoine Blanchard (1910-1988), A Catalogue Raisonné page. If asked to register but you do not wish to or don’t have the time, just hit the refresh button.
Also, anyone with additional information about the artist’s life or work should contact the gallery through the Blanchard website or by calling Amy Rehs at (212) 355-5710. For more details, visit the Rehs Gallery website.
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