[LE BLANC, Theodore. Croquis d' après nature faits pendat trois ans de sejour en Grèce et dans le Levant, Paris, Gihaut, 1833-4].
The French painter and officer Théodore Leblanc (1800? - 1837) stayed in Greece and the Levant for approximately three years, possibly from 1828 to 1831. Although he coincided in place and time with the French Scientific Expedition (1829-1830), his activity was independent to that of the mission. Leblanc drew from nature; his works are marked by caricaturesque elements but convey intense emotion. His paintings are extremely rare; apart from portraits they include scenes from the Greek War of Independence and snapshots from everyday life in the places he visited.
Written by Ioli Vingopoulou