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Masquerade Ball at the Ritz Hotel, Paris

Artist:
Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta (Spanish, Rome 1841–1920 Versailles)
Date:
1909
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
35 x 47 in. (88.9 x 119.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Emma T. Gary, 1934
Accession Number:
37.20.3
Not on view
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): R. Madrazo / 1909
Judge Elbert H. Gary, New York (1909–d. 1927; commissioned from the artist); his wife, Emma T. Gary (1927–d. 1934)
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. "So This is Paris/ Voici Paris," October 4–29, 1950, no. 25 (as "Masquerade at the Ritz Hotel, Paris").

Palm Beach. Society of the Four Arts. "Spanish Painting," January 11–February 6, 1952, no. 27.

New York Cultural Center. "Grand Reserves," October 24–December 8, 1974, no. 106.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "La Belle Époque," December 6, 1982–September 4, 1983, unnum. checklist.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dance," December 17, 1986–September 6, 1987, unnum. checklist.

"The Bequest of Emma Townsend Gary." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 32 (July 1937), pp. 166, fig. 2, identifies some of the costumed guests seated at the tables.

Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, p. 299.

Grand Reserves. Exh. cat., New York Cultural Center. New York, 1974, unpaginated, no. 106, notes that it was painted for Judge Elbert H. Gary.

Laurence Libin and Constance Old in Dance: A Very Social History. New York, 1986, pp. 112–14, fig. 4-11 (color), compare it to David Teniers's "Peasants Dancing and Feasting" (MMA 71.99) and Tiepolo's "A Dance in the Country" (MMA 1980.67).



Sitting at the table in the right foreground are (from left to right) the artist's wife, Judge Elbert H. Gary, and Mrs. Gary; the artist himself sits at the adjoining table.
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