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Lucile Blanch
Lucile Blanch portrait.jpg
Blanch in 1930
Born Lucile E. Lundquist
(1895-12-31)December 31, 1895
Hawley, Minnesota, U.S.
Died October 31, 1981(1981-10-31) (aged 85)
Kingston, New York, U.S.
Education Minneapolis School of Art
Known for Painting

Lucile E. Blanch, née Lundquist, (aka Lucille Blanch, Lucile Lunquist Blanch, Lucile Lundquist-Blanch, and Lucille Lundquist-Blanch) [1] (December 31, 1895 – October 31, 1981), was an American painter and Guggenheim Fellow.[2]


Lucile Blanch was born in 1895 in Hawley, Minnesota to the painter and lithographer Lucille Linguist. During World War I, she studied at the Minneapolis School of Art with her future husband Arnold Blanch, and other notable artists like Harry Gottlieb and Adolf Dehn. After 1918, she studied under artists like Boardman Robinson, Kenneth Hayes Miller, Frank Vincent DuMond and Frederick R. Gruger as part of the Art Students League of New York.

While in New York she married her husband Arnold Blanch. They later moved to Woodstock, New York where they helped build the Woodstock Art colony. They divorced in 1935.[3] She was friends with Eugenie Gershoy, who sculpted her at work.[4]

She received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1933,[5] and from that point on her art was collected and was shown in a number of important galleries, notably the Whitney Museum.[6][7] She died in 1981 in Kingston, New York.


Murals were produced from 1934 to 1943 in the United States through the Section of Painting and Sculpture, later called the Section of Fine Arts, of the Treasury Department. The murals were intended to boost the morale of the American people suffering from the effects of the Depression by depicting uplifting subjects the people knew and loved. Murals were commissioned through competitions open to all artists in the United States.[8] Almost 850 artists were commissioned to paint 1371 murals, most of which were installed in post offices.[9] 162 of the artists were women.The murals were funded as a part of the cost of the construction of new post offices, with 1% of the cost set aside for artistic enhancements.[9]

In 1938 Lucile Blanch painted an oil on canvas WPA commissioned mural titled ''Osceola Holding Informal Court with His Chiefs in the United States post office in Fort Pierce, Florida. The mural is on display at Fort Pierce City Hall.[10] In the town of Appalachia, Virginia, she painted the mural Appalachia, also oil on canvas in 1940.[11] The tempera mural, Rural Mississippi-from Early Days to Present was completed in 1941 for the Tylertown, Mississippi post office. Blanch was one of the few artists who actually painted WPA murals in the same town for which the work was commissioned and accepted input from local residents prior to the painting process.


Blanch began her career focusing on realists subjects, however, increasingly she became an abstractionist.[7]



  1. ^ "Lucile Blanch/American Art". americanart.si.edu. Smithsonian Art Museum. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Biography for Lucile Blanch". Askart.com. 
  3. ^ Ann Lee Morgan (June 27, 2007). "Blanch, Arnold". The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists. Oxford University Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-19-802955-7. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Lucile Blanch by Eugenie Gershoy / American Art". Americanart.si.edu. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lucile Blanch - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Gf.org. August 22, 1933. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lucile Blanch". Papillon Gallery. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Crump, Robert (2009). "Lucile Lunquist Blanch". Minnesota prints and printmakers, 1900-1945. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-87351-635-8. 
  8. ^ Rediscovering the People's Art: New Deal Murals in Pennsylvania’s Post Offices". Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission: 2014.
  9. ^ a b University of Central Arkansas. "Arkansas Post Office Murals".
  10. ^ "Florida WPA Art". WPAmurals.com. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Browse New Deal projects by State and City". livingnewdeal.org. Living New Deal. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 

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