María Blanchard

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María Blanchard
Maria Blanchard dando clase.jpg
Photo of María Blanchard teaching
Born 6 March 1881
Santander, Spain
Died April 5, 1932(1932-04-05) (aged 51)
Paris, France
Nationality Spanish
Known for Painting

María Gutierrez Blanchard (6 March 1881 – 5 April 1932) was a Spanish painter. Blanchard was the daughter of journalist Enrique Gutierrez Cueto and Concepción Blanchard Santisteban. Born with various disabilities, she was small in stature, hunchbacked and unable to walk. She was the cousin of Mexican artist Germán Cueto.

María Blanchard, 1916-18, Still Life with Red Lamp, oil on canvas, 115.6 × 73 cm
Maternity (1925)

In 1903 she moved to Madrid and studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando with Fernando Alvarez de Sotomayor, Manuel Benedito and Emelio Sala. In 1909 she continued her artistic education at the Academie Vitti in Paris under Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa and Kees van Dongen.[1] Here she discovered cubist painting, and was influenced by Jacques Lipchitz and Juan Gris.[1] In 1914 she returned to Madrid where she had an exhibition organized by Ramón Gómez de la Serna.

In late 1916 she finally went to Paris to paint there. In 1920, she exhibited in France and Belgium. After her exhibition at the Salon des Indépendants in 1921, her paintings were in great demand. Due to the adverse economic situation which followed, the collectors withdrew and she was financially supported by the literature enthusiast Frank Flausch (1878–1926) until her death.


  1. ^ a b Oxford Art Online: "Maria Blanchard"

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