Inventory number
P06995
Author
Madrazo y Garreta, Raimundo de (Spanish)
Title
Birthday Wishes
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
81 cm x 66 cm
School
Española
Theme
Retrato
On display
No
Provenance
Acquisition, 1984

Aline Masson, the painter's model, contemplates the signet -sealed envelope she holds in her right hand, which presumably arrived with the bouquet of flowers she holds in her left. The blue robe with cottony white edging gives the scene a homey feeling appropriate to the subject, but wisely used by the painter to bring out the young woman's fine, pale skin.

This work is approached in the style of profound realism that characterizes the work of Raimundo Madrazo. It's best representation here is the bouquet of flowers, which would be a magnificent still life all by itself.

 
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