Portrait of Ramón de Errazu, by Raimundo de Madrazo y

7/28/2021, 11:11:29 AM
Portrait of Ramón de Errazu, by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta.⁠⁠ 🎨One of the artist’s masterpieces displaying the soft portraiture he mastered and earned his international recognition for. The sitter is no other than the celebrated collector Ramón de Errazu, a close friend of Raimundo’s here immortalized as a wealthy and elevated man although without any artifice or extravagance usual in other portraits of the elite. The Second Empire fashion inspired the artist to portray his sitters in an elongated and slim effigie. The peculiarity of the portrait's very vertical and narrow format may be related to some extent to the influence of the compositions of the Japanese prints that, like his friends Mariano Fortuny and Alfred Stevens, the artist knew well, attracted, like them, for the richness of color of Far Eastern art.⁠⁠ 👨‍🎨Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta (Spanish, 1841-1920) was one of the painters from the remarkable and privileged Madrazo family, learning from his father and grandfather José de Madrazo. He settled in Paris in 1862, where he attended the Léon Cogniet’s studio and soon became one of the most distinguished painters in Paris, particularly talented for a soft and elegant portraiture. He also left a considerable work of still life and costumbrism, close to his brother-in-law Mariano Fortuny. He earned the golden medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1889 and was named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. A cosmopolitan artist, he travelled to Rome and London, and later to United States and Argentina, where he reached his highest recognitions. ⁠⁠ 📐Height: 224 cm (81.1 in). Width: 96.5 cm (38 in). Oil on canvas, 1879. ⁠⁠ 🏛Museo del Prado, Madrid. ⁠ @museoprado What do you think about this?⁠ Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨

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