Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta

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Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta


Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta (Rome 1841 – 1920) was a Spanish realist painter.

He studied painting under his father, Federico de Madrazo, and at the School of the Beaux Arts in Madrid[citation needed]. He was born in Rome, but after 1860 he lived mostly in Paris, where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts under Léon Cogniet, and eventually established a studio. His remarkable technical ability made him a highly successful portrait and genre painter in a Salon style.

As an artist of international standing he commanded premium prices for his work. His $2,000 fee for painting Secretary Root from


  • Portús Pérez, J. (2004). The Spanish Portrait: from El Greco to Picasso. London: Scala. ISBN 978-1-85759-374-7

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RAIMUNDO DE MADRAZO Y GARRETA (Spanish School, 1841-1920) An Exceptional and Palatial Oil on Canvas "Portrait of Isabelle McCreery” depicting an elegant woman gracefully exiting a litter (Sedan Chair), situated within a lovely fairytale setting of a fantastical vista dominated by verdant and blue-green hues, a pair of swans and a lily pad frame the scene in the foreground, within it's original impressive and ornate French 19th Century Rococo Style gildwood carved and gesso frame. Signed and dated ‘R. Madrazo, 1880' (lower left). At the bottom center of the impressive frame there is a gilded, wooden cartouch bearing in italicized script “Portrait of Isabelle McCreery.” This is original to the frame. Sometime after the death of the artist, possibly at the time the painting was given to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the painter’s name was added in block letters. Provenance: The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (Donated by Mrs. Richard McCreery in 1950)