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Setting the record straight at the Thyssen

A still life by María Blanchard.
A still life by María Blanchard. / Ñito Salas
  • Second phase cubist artist María Blanchard finally gets the recognition she deserves alongside Juan Gris

  • Blanchard was vilified by a powerful French art dealer who preferred the style of other Cubist artists

Henry Kahnweiler was a German-born art historian, collector and one of the most notable French art dealers of the 20th century. He had the money and the power to make the difference between who was a successful artist and who wasn't. He was fascinated by the work of Juan Gris and with that infatuation, he vilified the work of Spanish cubist painter Maria Blanchard, until he had erased her from the map.

The Carmen Thyssen Museum, Malaga, is now 'setting the record straight' by presenting a new exhibition entitled 'Juan Gris, María Blanchard and the Cubisms (1916-1927)' which includes work by both artists.

The exhibition demonstrates the value of the period that came after the Cubism of Pablo Ruiz Picasso and Georges Braque, the second phase of Cubism that fell between 1915 and 1924.

The works on display have come from various private collections as well as associations and institutions such as Museo Picasso de París, the Centre Pompidou, the Kunstmuseum Basel and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

Other artists featured in this unique exhibition, commissioned by the professor of the History of Art at Malaga University Eugenio Carmona, and Lourdes Moreno, artistic director of the Thyssen, include Jean Metzinger, Jacques Lipchtiz, Albert Gleizes, Salvador Dalí and Manuel Ángeles Ortiz.