Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta

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Marquise d'Hervey Saint-Denys by Madrazo, 1885, oil on canvas, 129 × 85 cm, Musée d'Orsay, Paris

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 life moved the scale for official portraits beyond the traditional modest progressions and into 20th-century levels.


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