Auction Lot: 35187783
End of Auction : 15 Jul 2020 18:24
Remaining time: 2020-07-15 18:24:00 GMT+02:00
Estimated Value : 200000-250000 €
Next bid 36000


JOAQUÍN SOROLLA Y BASTIDA (Valencia, Spain, 1863 – Cercedilla, Madrid, Spain,1923).
"Working by the sea", 1910.
Oil on Lefranc cardboard.
Signed in the lower right corner.
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Blanca Pons Sorolla, who will be including it in the forthcoming Sorolla catalogue raisonné (BPS 4228).
Published in the in the catalog of the exhibition "Sorolla y Benlliure. Pinceladas de una amistad", Centro Cultural Bancaja.
Measurements: 23 x 28 cm; 43,5 x 48,5 cm (frame).
The present composition, painted by Joaquín Sorolla during the summer of 1910, shows two women working by the sea under a powerful and clear Mediterranean light, a recurring theme of the post-impressionist master who dedicated part of his production to social topics. In this studied and spontaneous composition, Joaquín Sorolla completes the scene with a young boy who plays with the sand, while a bather enjoys the bath in the sea. For Joaquín Sorolla, the beach became an area of social, rather than a place of spontaneous enjoyment. That point has been evidenced by works such as "Bajo el toldo, Playa de Zarautz (Under the awning, Zarautz Beach)", a canvas also painted in 1910. In the masterpiece that we present, Sorolla maintains the elegance of this kind of compositions, showing the couple of women dressed in elegant white clothes, covering their heads with sophisticated hats. This beach scene is marked by sharp contrasts of light and shade, brilliant colours, and vigorous brushstrokes.
Spanish painter whose style was a variant of Impressionism and whose best works, painted in the open air, vividly portray the sunny seacoast of Valencia. Sorolla was from a poor family and was orphaned at age two. He displayed an early talent and was admitted to the Academy of San Carlos in Valencia at age 15. After further studies in Rome and Paris, he returned to Valencia. Initially, he painted historical and social realist works, one of which, Otra Margarita (1892), was his earliest success. He received the greatest recognition, however, for his genre paintings and landscapes. Using heavily impastoed pigments, he combined an Impressionist manner with narrative and anecdotal themes. In 1909 he made a successful debut in the United States in a solo exhibition at the Hispanic Society in New York City. The resulting critical acclaim won him a commission to paint President William Howard Taft in 1909. Upon his return to Spain, he purchased a beach house in Valencia, on the Mediterranean shore. For the rest of his career, he drew his inspiration from the dazzling light on the waters by his home, and his beach scenes are marked by sharp contrasts of light and shade, brilliant colours, and vigorous brushstrokes.


Adjunta certificado emitido por Blanca Pons Sorolla. Con número de inventario BPS 4228 en el catálogo razonado. Obra publicada en el catálogo de la exposición "Sorolla y Benlliure. Pinceladas de una amistad", Centro Cultural Bancaja.Este lote puede verse en la Sala de SetdartValencia situada en C/Cirilo Amorós, 55.



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