Woman with a Parrot

Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta

Spanish, 1841–1920

Woman with a Parrot

c. 1872

The white parrot in Madrazo's painting leans forward on its perch, its body continuing the line of the young woman's guitar. Her costume and her fingers, plucking and fretting the strings, are painted with great precision, in contrast to the freer brushstrokes that appear in the background. The inclusion of an exotic bird, Japanese fans, and decorative textiles emphasizes the artist’s awareness of contemporary fashions in 1870s France.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 19 5/16 x 14 15/16 in. (49 x 38 cm) Frame: 24 1/2 x 20 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. (62.2 x 51.4 x 3.2 cm)
Object Number 1955.800
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1934
Status On View

Image Caption

Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, Woman with a Parrot, c. 1872, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.800.


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.


William H. Stewart, Paris (1872–d. 1897, his sale, American Art Association, New York, 3–4 Feb. 1898, no. 26, ill., as Woman and Parrot, sold to Clark); Senator William A. Clark, Butte and Washington (1898–d. 1925, his sale, American Art Association, New York, 11 Jan. 1926, no. 17, as The Pet Parrot); [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 2 Jan. 1934]; Robert Sterling Clark (1934–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.