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19th Century European Paintings


Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida
1863 - 1923
signed J Sorolla and dated 1910 (lower left)
oil on canvas
48 by 56cm., 19 by 22in.
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This work will be included in Blanca Pons-Sorolla's forthcoming Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida catalouge raisonné as no. BPS 2077.


Frederick Forrest Peabody (purchased at the 1911 Chicago exhibition. Peabody, 1859-1927, was a businessman and philanthropist from Santa Barbara who contributed generously to the rebuilding of the city after the 1925 earthquake)
Max Schweitzer Gallery, New York
Fernando Guereta, Buenos Aires
Acquired from the above in the 1970s


Chicago, The Art Institute; Saint Louis, The City Art Museum: Paintings by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, 1911, no. 145 (Chicago), no. 144 (Saint Louis)


Bernardino de Pantorba, La vida y obra de Joaquín Sorolla, Madrid, 1970, p. 195, no. 1728
Blanca Pons Sorolla, 'Paintings Sold and Portraits Painted in America, and Portraits Painted in France for Americans: Not Included in the Exhibition', in Sorolla and America, exh. cat., Meadows Museum, Dallas; The San Diego Museum of Art, 2013, p. 316, no. 215, illustrated

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Painted on El Cabañal beach, Valencia, at the end of the summer of 1910, the present work takes up a theme that preoccupied Sorolla like no other: fishermen landing the day's catch. The subject had first attracted Sorolla in the early 1890s when he painted his large scale canvas La Vuelta de la pesca in 1894, and exhibited it to great acclaim at the Paris Salon of 1895 (bought by the French State, and now in the Musée d'Orsay). The present work, painted in situ, evokes both the warmth of the Mediterranean sun and the busy atmosphere of the Valencian beach. 

Sorolla's work reveals a lively dialogue with the medium of photography. As a teenager Sorolla himself apprenticed in the photography studio of Antonio Garcia in Valencia, later marrying his son Clotilde. At the same time, he made friendships with numerous photographers, including Anna Christian (1876-1953/61?) from Minneapolis, whom he met through Archer M. Huntington in New York, and whose own photographs taken in Spain circa 1913-15 reveal Sorolla's influence (fig. 1).

19th Century European Paintings