Reverie—The Letter

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In an elegant salon, a fashionably dressed young woman has received a splendid bouquet of flowers. Having impatiently torn open the accompanying letter, she is reflecting on is contents. Her slumped pose suggests that the message is not the one she was hoping for. Madrazo’s meticulous brushwork captures the colors and textures of the room and its occupant in exquisite detail.

Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta

Spanish, 1841–1920

Reverie—The Letter


Oil on panel

26 9/16 x 19 1/8 in. (67.5 x 48.5 cm) Frame: 31 1/8 x 23 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (79.1 x 60.3 x 3.5 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1929