Joseph Blanc, “Perseus”, Oil on Canvas, 1869, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
Paul- Joseph Blanc was a French painter who specialized in scenes from ancient history and mythology. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts with Emile Bin and Alexandre Cabanel. He was awarded in 1867 the Prix de Rome in the category of painting for his work “The Murder of Laius by Oedipus” and was named a Professor at the Ecole in 1889. His studio in Montmartre also seved as an art school.