Reverie—The Letter

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.


Robert L. Cutting, New York (by 1879–until 1892, his sale, Fifth Avenue Art Galleries, New York, 22 Mar. 1892, no. 47, as Reverie—The Letter); private collection; sale, American Art Association, New York, 24 Jan. 1929, no. 99, sold to Scott & Fowles, as agent for Clark; [Scott & Fowles, New York, sold to Clark, 28 Jan. 1929]; Robert Sterling Clark (1929–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

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