Juan Gris, María Blanchard y los cubismos (1916-1927)
Eugenio Carmona y Lourdes Moreno
This exhibition analyses the survival of Cubism beyond the period in which Picasso and Braque, its creators, gave shape to the movement (1907-1914). For the years between the outbreak of the First World War and the end of the 1920s witnessed a new lease of life for this creative experience, which significantly influenced twentieth-century art. During this new stage, the movement was redefined and different artists took over the leading role. The first section of the exhibition features works produced between 1916 and 1918 by two artists who are presented as keys to understanding this second Cubism: Juan Gris, who attained the peak of his synthetic, geometric, flat and pure painting during these years and played an unquestionable part in steering Cubism in a new direction; and María Blanchard, then at the height of her creative maturity and closeness to Gris, though her style was personal and original, dynamic and colourful.