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Marchand was best known as a still-life and figure painter in a post Cubist style but he also produced street scenes – particularly in the Montmartre district in Paris – and portraits.
His influences were diverse so apart from the homage to Picasso in his still-life work, Impressionism and even a bit of Surrealism can be discerned and he greatly admired Modigliani, Braque and Cézanne.
He was a student at l'Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the 1950's and augmented his formal training with spending long periods of time in the Louvre where he studied the techniques of the great masters and made copies of their works to understand the process involved.
He would often combine elements of different periods and styles in one work and was adept in both classical and more abstract styles. He became popular in his native France as the latter part of the 20th century unfolded, exhibiting regularly in Paris and subsequently in New York, but he continued to show his work in French exhibitions throughout his life.
In 1965, "Philippe Marchand", a book containing forty coloured plates with text in English, French and Italian, was published by Fine Arts Press.