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 Paul-Joseph Blanc



Paul-Joseph Blanc         Pages: 1

(b Paris, 25 Jan 1846; d Paris, 5 July 1904).

French painter. He was a pupil of Emile Bin (1825–97) and Alexandre Cabanel at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and in 1867 won the Prix de Rome with the Murder of Laius by Oedipus (1867; Paris, Ecole N. Sup. B.-A.), which opened up an official career to him. He painted religious and mythological subjects (e.g. Perseus on Pegasus, 1869; Nîmes, Mus. B.-A.) and also worked on numerous decorative projects in both Paris and the provinces. Between 1873 and 1883 he worked on the huge mural compositions the Vow of Clovis at the Battle of Tolbiac and the Baptism of Clovis for the Panthéon in Paris, executed in an academic style. He produced a series of 14 panels depicting the Passion of Christ for the church of St Peter at Douai. He executed four grisailles for the cupola of the church of Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis in Paris, which were commissioned in 1873 and finished in 1875 and depicted St Louis, Charlemagne, Robert the Pious and Clovis. He painted four panels for the corridor of the foyer of the Opéra Comique in Paris, showing Music, Comedy, Song and Dance. In 1882 he was commissioned to decorate the staircase leading to the ‘Comité des Maréchaux’ room in the Ministère de la Guerre [now Ministère de la Défense], Paris, with three panels depicting The Departure, The Charge and Salve Patria. His tapestry cartoons for the Gobelins included one for the Arms of the Town of Paris (1892) for the Tribunal de Commerce in Paris; he contributed a large decorative frieze for the Palais des Beaux-Arts at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900. He also participated in the enormous enterprise of decorating the new Hôtel de Ville in Paris, producing five compositions influenced by Luc Olivier Merson. Destined for the north landing of the Escalier des fêtes, they represent the Republican Months, Dawn, Day, Evening and Night and were finished in 1903.



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