26 September 2015

Paris 2015: Esprit, Émile and Jacques-Émile Blanche, Cimetière de Passy #8

Several members of the Blanche family lie here. Esprit Blanche (1796–1852) was a psychiatrist based in Montmartre and later (from 1846) in Passy; his grandson was the writer Georges Ohnet. Esprit's son Émile Blanche (1820–93), also a psychiatrist, took over the clinic after his father's death, and included Nerval and Maupassant among his patients. Émile's son Jacques-Émile Blanche (1861–1942) was a painter, engraver and writer who was taught English by Stéphane Mallarmé at the Lycée Condorcet. Among his friends were Henri Bergson, André Gide, the Surrealists and the Dadaists. And among his famous works are portraits of Pierre Louÿs and Aubrey Beardsley.

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