Arnold A. Blanch American, 1896-1968


Arnold Blanch is most known to us for his intimate scenes of American life. He was an active artist who painted murals for the WPA throughout most of the 1930's, and was very active in the Woodstock Artists Association. Blanch was also a highly respected teacher, lecturer, author and visiting critic. Unlike other artists, Blanch seemed disinterested in many of the avant-garde styles of the period. He held true to his own approach that artists should create from their own experiences and environment, and he developed an artistic style that was uniquely his own.


Blanch studied at the Art Students league with Robert Henri and John Sloan. He taught and lectured all over the country, he was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1933, and served as President of the Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society.



Guggenheim Fellowship 1933

Woodstock Artists Association

American Artists Congress

Association of American Artists

American Watercolor Society

Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society, President



San Francisco Art Association, Prize 1931

Society of Independent Artists

California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Prize 1931

Art Institute of Chicago 1930-31, Medal 1932, 1933-43

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 1929-1937, 1938 Medal, 1939-1945, 1948-1952, 1953, 1960, 1962

Corcoran Gallery 1928-1961

Carnegie Institute 1938, Medal

Harris Prize, Chicago 1932

Golden Gate Exposition, 1939

Worlds Fair, New York 1939

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Whitney Museum of American Art 1931-1946, 1948-1952

Museum of Modern Art

Silvermine Guild Artists, 1961 Prize


Museums and Public Collections

Brooklyn Museum

Butler Art Institute

Carnegie Museum

Cleveland Museum of Art

Denver Art Museum

Detroit Institute of Art

Library of Congress

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Whitney Museum of American Art

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