Marcel Masson aka Antoine Blanchard was a French Neo-impressionist painter that was born in a small village near Blois, France. Blanchard received his initial artistic training at Beaux Arts Academy. In 1932, he then moved to Paris where he joined the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
In the following years, Blanchard favored the styles of Eugene Galien-Laloue and Edouard Cortes. Blanchard essentially painted Paris in a 19th century style. He began painting Parisian street scenes in the late 1950’s and often painted Paris in different seasons. Blanchard was particularly fond of painting Paris in cloudy or rainy days, depicting bustling streets with bright storefronts reflecting on wet streets.
Antoine Blanchard passed away in 1988 in Paris.