My specialty for the past 20 years has been antique French postcards, but after discovering the works of André Renoux, I'm now dabbling in vintage postcards, circa 1980s-1990s, featuring other relatively modern day French artists. Such as Emile Blondel (1893 - 1970) and this charming naïve artwork of his entitled "Ma Vie." (My Life) The Eiffel Tower is center stage but the Arc de Triomphe is noticeable there to the left. This card is in near mint, unused condition, especially considering its age (circa 1980).Slightest corner tip bumps. Modern postcard size, about 5.75 by 4 inches.
A special thanks to the Papillon Gallery of Los Angeles for this biographical information about Monsieur Blondel: Emile Blondel was born on August 6, 1893 in Le Havre, France. Coming from a large family, he had to start working at the age of six. By 16 he was a ship’s boy on board a fishing boat off the coast of Newfoundland. He then worked unloading the ships at the quays of Le Havre, and became the pilot of the port before settling in St-Denis in 1925 and becoming a bus driver.
At this point Blondel began to paint in oils, even though he had painted with watercolors from a very early age. But he did not dedicate himself exclusively to painting until he went into retirement in 1950.
Blondel’s paintings show the modest suburban houses with their little patches of garden and crowds of small figures. He participated in the first international exhibition of naïve painting in Knokke-le-Zoute in Belgium in 1958. In 1950, he had his first solo exhibition in Paris, at the Galérie Cambacérès, and in New York. He had another solo exhibition in Paris in 1953, at the Galérie Conti; in 1955, at the Galérie Cambacérès and in 1953 in Le Havre. His work is in museums in Le Havre, Nice and Paris.
Blondel died in 1970 in Pavillions-sous-Bois, France.
The art auction site Invaluable lists over 100 of Blondel works.
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