- Tarde tormentosa (Stormy Afternoon)
- signed and dated J. Sorolla Bastida / 1904 lower right
- oil on canvas
- 48 by 78cm., 19 by 30¾in.
Adalberto Fontana, Montevideo, by 1963
Manuel Galatas, Madrid (purchased in 1965); thence by descent to the present owner
Rome, Esposizione internazionale di Roma, Spanish Pavilion, 1911
Buenos Aires, Exposición de Arte Español, representada por obras originales de distinguidos artistas españoles, Salón Witcomb, 1927, no. 38
Sorolla and the Paris Years, exh., cat., Munich, Paris, Madrid, 2016, p. 85, fig. 39 (illustrated in a 1906 photograph of the Galerie Georges Petit)
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Perhaps spurred by his success at the Exposition Universelle in Paris four years earlier, at which he was awarded the Grand Prix for Triste herencia, his painting of orphaned boys bathing in the sea, in the years that followed Sorolla explored new and more experimental compositions. The present work exudes a raw vitality in subject and execution that is notably absent from the more narrative and moralistic Triste herencia. Likewise, in its contemporary edge, it marks itself out from the more bucolic depictions of women and children by the sea, and of fishermen hauling in the catch that more often define his Valencian subject matter. The result is a strikingly modern image that captures the energy of the elements that were just as much part of life beside the sea.