Auction Lot: 35011511
End of Auction : 29 Oct 2020 19:30
Remaining time: 2020-10-29 19:30:00 GMT+01:00
Estimated Value : 40000-50000 €
Next bid 22000


JOAQUIN SOROLLA Y BASTIDA (Valencia, 1863 - Cercedilla, Madrid, 1923).
No title.
Oil on canvas.
Attached certificate issued by Blanca Pons Sorolla.
Signed and dated in the lower right corner.
Measures: 40 x 24 cm; 70 x 53 cm (frame).
Already in his school days, Joaquín Sorolla demonstrated his love of drawing and painting, attending the drawing classes taught by the sculptor Cayetano Capuz at the School of Craftsmen in the afternoons. Awarded upon finishing his preliminary studies at the Escuela Normal Superior, he entered the prestigious Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Carlos de Valencia in 1879. Also, during his visits to Madrid in 1881 and 1882, he copied paintings by Velázquez, Ribera and El Greco in the Prado Museum. Two years later he was very successful at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts with a history painting, which prompted him to apply for a scholarship to study at the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Having achieved his goal, in 1885 Sorolla left for Rome, staying in Paris for several months before arriving. In the French capital he was impressed by the paintings of realists and painters who worked in the open air. At the end of his years in Rome, he returned to Valencia in 1889, settling in Madrid the following year. In 1892 Sorolla showed a new concern in his art, becoming interested in social problems when he represented the sad scene of "Another Margarita!", Awarded with a first class medal at the National, and the following year at the Chicago International. This sensitivity will remain in his work until the end of the decade, in his representations of the Valencian coast. Little by little, however, the Valencian teacher will abandon the themes of unfortunate children that we see in "Triste inheritance", which had been awarded at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900 and at the National Exhibition in Madrid a year later. Encouraged by the success of his resplendent images of the Mediterranean, and stimulated by his love of light and the life of its sunny beaches, he focused on these scenes his works, more joyful and pleasant, with which he will achieve international fame. In 1906 he held his first solo exhibition at the George Petit Gallery in Paris, and it also demonstrated his skills as a portraitist. In 1908 the American Archer Milton Huntington, impressed by the artist's exhibition at the Grafton Gallery in London, sought to acquire two of his works for his Hispanic Society. A year later he himself invited Sorolla to exhibit at his institution, the result being an exhibition in 1909 that was enormously successful.


Adjunta certificado expedido por Blanca Pons Sorolla.



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