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Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta

Spanish, 1841–1920

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.

Medium Oil on panel
Dimensions 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)
Object Number 1955.918
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1929
Status On View

Image Caption

Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, Reverie—The Letter, 1870s, Oil on panel. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.918.


Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.


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.