Maria Blanchard

Ackermans Fine Art

Maria Blanchard

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Maria Gutierrez Blanchard was born in March of 1881, in Santander, Spain. In 1903, she began studying to become a painter in Madrid.  In 1909, Maria won a grant to continue her studies in Paris, at the Academy Vitti (Academie Vitti), where she studied under Hermengildo Anglada Camarasa, and Kees Van Dongen. While at the Academy, Kees influenced her style and she began to break out of the constraints that she was taught earlier in Spain. It was during this time that she began to experiment with Cubism, after meeting artists Jacques Lipchitz and Juan Gris.

In 1910, while in Paris, Maria Blanchard won a medal in the National Exhibition of Beautiful Arts and from 1914 to 1916 she taught drawing to select students in Salamanca.  In 1916, she returned to Paris and began painting in the Cubist style. By 1920, Maria Blanchard began to return to a more traditional style of painting. Her colors were more poetic and the subjects in her paintings reflected the sadness that Maria felt in her own life.

Maria Blanchard artworks are included in the collections of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth University, the Fundación Telefónica, the Musée d’Art Moderne in Geneva and Madrid’s Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.