Lot 52
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Raimundo de Madrazo

80,000 - 120,000 USD
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  • Raimundo de Madrazo
  • Flirtation
  • signed R. Madrazo (lower right)
  • oil on canvas
  • 27 3/4 by 47 1/2 in.
  • 70.5 by 120.5 cm

Catalogue Note

Born to a dynasty of Spanish painters, Madrazo began his training under his father Federico, followed by studies at the School of Fine Arts, Madrid and then under Léon Cogniet in Paris.  From 1860 he lived in Paris and frequently travelled to America where he, like his brother-in-law Mariano Fortuny and friend Giovanni Boldini, attracted the attention of some of the most powerful collectors of the era. The artist was precociously talented and highly respected for his technical ability evident in works like Flirtation, where he records the incredible details of a sumptuous, interior, elaborately described costumes, and the delightful rituals of courtship.  The room is decorated with eighteenth century furntiure, from the Louis XV white painted duchesse on which the woman reclines to the Louis XVI carved and giltwood stool on which her suitor perches. As in many of Madrazo’s best compositions, the present work is infused with gentle humor---as the chaperone is absorbed in her book, the terracotta bust of a child peers down at the elegant couple.