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Emile Blondel

1893 – 1970

Wheat Field with Peasants Working

Emile Blondel (1893-1970) was born in Le Havre, Netherlands and, as a member of a large family; he began working at the age of six. He was a ship’s boy at 16 on board a fishing boat off the coast of Newfoundland. He then unloaded the ships at the quays of Le Havre and later became the pilot of the port before settling in the St. Denis in 1925 where he became a bus driver. At this point he began to paint in oils although he painted in watercolors from a very early age. However, he did not dedicate himself exclusively to painting until his retirement in 1950. His paintings show the modest suburban houses with their little patches of gardens that he knew so well and a crowd of small figures that constituted the most original contribution to his work. One of the most surprising of his paintings is a bold summary of the life of a painter, entitled, “Painting of My Life.” A landscape unfolds, starting at the jetty at Le Havre, moving to the fields of Normandy and the houses of Butte-Montmartre, and stopping at the church of Pantin and Pavilion-sous-Bois where he had lived since 1935 and where he died in 1970. In 1950 he had his first solo exhibition in both Paris, and New York followed by another solo exhibition in Paris in 1953 and 1955. He participated in the first international exhibition of naive painting in Knokke-le-Zoute in Belgium in 1958. Below is an oil on canvas on board signed in the lower right corner, “E. Blondell and dated “51.” The scene is of a wheat field with peasants working in the foreground. 13” x 16”

Artist:  Emile Blondel

Date:  1951

Size:  13″ x 16″

Medium:  Oil on Canvas

Price:  $2,750