Woman with a Guitar

Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta

Spanish, 1841–1920

Woman with a Guitar

c. 1870

This panel shows a woman reading a musical score on the chair in front of her as she strums a guitar. Like many of his contemporaries, Madrazo often painted music-making, which was considered an important part of a woman’s education in the nineteenth century. Despite the painting’s small scale, the artist depicted the richly furnished interior and the figure’s elegant dress with great delicacy.

Medium Oil on panel
Dimensions 11 7/8 x 7 in. (30.2 x 17.8 cm) Frame: 15 1/4 x 10 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. (38.7 x 26.7 x 3.5 cm)
Object Number 1955.799
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1935
Status Off View

Image Caption

Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, Woman with a Guitar, c. 1870, Oil on panel. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.799.


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.


[H. & P. De Casseres, London, sold to Clark, 23 Jan. 1935]; Robert Sterling Clark (1935–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.