OIL PAINTING: Hot Chocolate
The beginning of Madrazo's true style evolved from the artistic influences of his highly acclaimed brother-in-law Mariano Fortuny and the Belgian artist Alfred Stevens. Enthused by the Parisian Belle Epoque atmosphere, Madrazo replaced a family tradition of painting academic paintings with intimate Belle Epoque scenes. Specializing in female portraiture imbued with a sense of intimacy, "Hot Chocolate" is extremely characteristic of Madrazo's oeuvre: a reminiscent pose, soft and elegant tones, and an overall mastery of color evident in his treatment of fabrics. With incredible skill, Madrazo y Garreta superbly painted the Parisian elegantes of the late 19th century.