pintoras: María Blanchard (Spanish, 1881 – 193…


María Blanchard (Spanish, 1881 – 1932): Woman with a Fan (1916) (via Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía)

From the museum website:

María Blanchard was a great friend of Juan Gris and a faithful follower of the principle aesthetics of his work, as can be seen in the painting Mujer con abanico (Woman with a Fan, 1916), in which the motif is broken up into multiple planes that reference other viewpoints, while the colour range includes very bright tones, a chromatic peculiarity of the oil paintings Gris produced around 1915.

Mujer con abanico (Woman with a Fan) also constitutes one of the fairly frequent cases in which Blanchard did two versions of the same motif, both executed in very similar works. In this case, as well as the version at the Museo Reina Sofía, there is a second version entitled La dama del abanico (Lady with a Fan), also dated 1916, which is in a private collection in the city of Santander.