Arnold Blanch

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Arnold Blanch
BornJune 4, 1896
Mantorville, Minnesota
DiedOctober 3, 1968
NationalityUnited States American
EducationArt Students League of New York
Known forPainter
MovementSocial Realism

Arnold Blanch (June 4, 1896 – October 3, 1968), was born and raised in Mantorville, Minnesota. He was an American modernist painter, etcher, illustrator, lithographer, muralist, printmaker and art teacher.


His modernist paintings are associated with the Social Realist movement.[1] Blanch met his first wife the painter Lucile Blanch, (born Lucile Lundquist), at the Minneapolis School of Art.

After the end of World War I, Lucile and Arnold Blanch moved to New York City and enrolled at the Art Students League of New York, studying with John Sloan, Robert Henri, Kenneth Hayes Miller and Boardman Robinson. Eventually by 1923 they settled in Woodstock, New York, which was then beginning to become an important art colony for young artists. By the 1920s Blanch began to achieve recognition for his paintings and lithographs of landscapes and still lifes.[2][3] During the 1930s in New York, Blanch worked in the WPA on various mural projects, including "The Harvest" at the United States Post Office in Fredonia, New York.[4]

In 1939, Blanch remarried and for many years he lived in Woodstock, New York with his second wife Doris Lee, also an artist. Blanch taught at the Art Students League's branch in Woodstock for several decades from the 1930s until his death in the late 1960s. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Smith College Museum of Art; the Sheldon Museum of Art; the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM); one of the oldest American artists' organizations, and dozens of others.

Among Blanch's pupils was the painter and printmaker Bertha Landers.[5]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

Dudensing Galleries, New York City, 1928

Dudensing Galleries, New York City, 1930

Walden-Dudensing Gallery, Chicago, 1930

Ulrich Gallery, Minneapolis, 1930

Beaux Arts Gallery, San Francisco, 1930

Rehn Galleries, New York City, 1932

Rehn Galleries, New York City, 1935

Associated American Artists, New York City, 1940

Associated American Artists, New York City, 1945 [6]

Awards and honors[edit]

Scholarship, Art Students League, New York City, 1916

Norman Waite Harris Silver Medal, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1929

Anne Bremer First Prize, Art Association Purchase Prize, San Francisco Art Association, San Francisco, California, 1931

Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1933

Beck Gold Medal, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1938

Third Prize, Annual Carnegie International Exhibition of Paintings, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Prize, Domesday Press Competition in Juvenile Book Illustration, New York City, 1945

First Prize and two Honorable Mentions for designs, National Ceramic Exhibition, Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, Syracuse, New York, 1949[7]

First Prize at the National Ceramic Exhibition, 1949 and 1951[8]

Purchase Prize, Art USA, Nw York, 1959

Purchase Prize, Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia, 1959

Best Painting in Show, Albany Art Institute, 1960

Prize, Landscape Painting, Silvermine Guild of Artists, 1961

Ford Grant, 1964[9]


  1. ^ Ball State University, Museum of Art Retrieved September 14, 2009
  2. ^ The Luce Foundation Center for American Art[permanent dead link] Retrieved September 14, 2009
  3. ^ Blanch biography Archived June 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved September 14, 2009
  4. ^ Larry E. Gobrecht (November 1986). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Fredonia Post Office". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-06-14. See also: "Accompanying nine photos".
  5. ^ Jennings, David R. "Landers, Bertha". Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  6. ^ The years 1924-1949; Arnold Blanch : [November 25, 1949 to January 6, 1950]. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota. 1950.
  7. ^ The years 1924-1949; Arnold Blanch : [November 25, 1949 to January 6, 1950]. Minnesota: University of Minnesota. 1950.
  8. ^ "Press Release, Associated American Artists Galleries-Available Art & Artist File, Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library, Smithsonian Libraries, Washington D.C. 2017".
  9. ^ Arnold Blanch 1896-1968. Woodstock, New York: Woodstock Artists Association. 1970.

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