Blanquita Suárez

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Blanquita Suárez (1894 - 1983)[1] was a Spanish singer and actress. She was the subject of several drawings and an oil painting by Picasso.

Life and career[edit]

Suárez was born in San Sebastián to family that had been in show business for several generations. Her father was a baritone singer and her mother sang in a zarzuela chorus. Her grandfather was a prompter at the Teatre Apolo and her younger sister, Cándida Suárez, was a well-known soprano whose career was at its height the 1930s and 1940s.

She began her stage career at the age of 12 when she appeared in Puerto de la Luz. She worked as a cabaret singer as well as performing in revues, operettas, and comic zarzuelas. Rafael Adam Baiges (1886 – 1952.) composed "El fado Blanquita" in 1918 expressly for her.[2] Later in her life, she appeared in character roles in films.

Picasso may have first seen her as possible model for his paintings when she was performing in the theatres and cabarets of Barcelona which he frequented at the time. His sketches of her are conserved in the Museé National Picasso in Paris and his oil painting of her from 1917 is held in the Museu Picasso in Barcelona.[3][4]

She had a daughter, Teresa Mora, out of wedlock on April 5, 1928. (March 27, 2009) ( Teresa Mora was raised by her father Juan Mora in Barcelona, Spain. She showed a talent for singing at an early age and began singing professionally at the age of thirteen and went on to become an international singer through the 40's and 50's. She has resided in the U.S.A since 1960 (personal interview 2010)

Stage performances[edit]

  • El sobre verde with the song "Soy garçon, çon, çon… con el pelo cortao"[2]
  • La Blanca with the song "Moreno tiene que ser"
  • Suspiros de España with the song "Ojos verdes"


  • Aventura, de Jerónimo Mihura (1942)
  • Rojo y negro, de Carlos Arévalo ( 1942)
  • La Violetera, de Luis Cesar Amadori (1958)
  • La verdad (1917)
  • La chica del gato (1943)
  • Fútbol, amor y toros (1929)
  • ¡Che, qué loco! (1953)
  • El Bandido generoso (1954)
  • Fray Escoba (1961)


  1. ^ ABC (16 May 1983). "Ha muerto Blanquita Suárez". Retrieved 16 February 2013 (Spanish).
  2. ^ a b Fundació el Molino. "Blanquita Suárez". Retrieved 16 February 2013 (Spanish).
  3. ^ Martín, Cristina (6 February 2013). "The inhabitants of the museum: Blanquita Suárez". Official blog of the Museu Picasso in Barcelona. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  4. ^ Kaplan, Temma (1992). Red City, Blue Period: Social Movements in Picasso's Barcelona, pp. 132-134. University of California Press

Further reading

  • Daix, Pierre (2012). Le nouveau dictionnaire Picasso. Paris: Robert Laffont. 
  • Del Arco (7 October 1958). "Entrevista "Mano a mano" a Blanquita Suárez". La Vanguardia. Barcelona (núm. 9889): 28. 

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