Portrait of a Lady (1890-91). Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta (Spanish, 1841-1920). Oil on cradled panel. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas.
A renowned portraitist, Raimundo was frequently commissioned to depict royalty, politicians, intellectuals, businessmen, and fellow artists both in Europe and the US. Portrait of a Lady is a prime example of the artist’s unique fusion of portraiture and genre painting, as well as his technique of loose, painterly brushwork mixed with sections of finer detail.
Margaret Taylor-Burroughs (1915-2010) was a visual artist and author who had a great influence on
the cultural and artistic world of the United States, especially around the Chicago
area, with a focus on African-American experience. She co-founded important
avenues for artistic expression such as the Ebony Museum of Chicago and the
Lake Meadows Art Fair.
The Ebony Museum, today
called the DuSable Museum of African American History, started out in her
living room in 1961, and today is the oldest museum dedicated to black culture
in the entire country. Both her art and her writing celebrate African-American
experience and cultural identity.
Francisco Goya, Yard with Madmen, 1794, oil on tin-plated iron, 43.8 x 32.7 cm, Meadows Museum, Dallas. Source
Francisco Goya, The Madhouse, 1815-1819, oil on panel, Museo de la Real Academia de San Fernando, Madrid. Source
It’s no secret that Francisco Goya was quite obsessed with dark themes of death, illness and clinical madness, and by the end of the 18th century, the artist’s own health was deteriorating, thus strengthening his interests. The mental asylum, and its patients, was frequently depicted in the art of the Spanish Romanticists.
Excerpted from a forthcoming documentary exploring the unique and fruitful partnership of the Meadows Museum and the Museo Nacional del Prado, this video focuses on the third exhibition of the project, “Diego Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits,” on view September 16, 2012 - January 13, 2013 at the Meadows Museum. Directed by Quin Mathews.