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PROPERTY FROM A SPANISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Joaquín Sorolla
SPANISH
NARANJOS DE ALCIRA (ORANGE TREES IN ALCIRA)
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PROPERTY FROM A SPANISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Joaquín Sorolla
SPANISH
NARANJOS DE ALCIRA (ORANGE TREES IN ALCIRA)
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 218,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Joaquín Sorolla
1863 - 1923
SPANISH
NARANJOS DE ALCIRA (ORANGE TREES IN ALCIRA)
signed and dated J. Sorolla Bastida / 1904 lower left
oil on canvas
65 by 98cm., 25½ by 38½in.
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We are grateful to Blanca Pons Sorolla for her assistance in cataloguing this work, which will be included in her forthcoming Sorolla catalogue raisonné (BPS 2092).

Provenance

Estate of the artist
Elena Sorolla Garcia, Madrid (the artist's daughter); thence by descent

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, Exposition Sorolla y Bastida, 1906, probably no. 3 (as Orangers)
Berlin, Galerie Schulte, 1907
London, Grafton Galleries, Exhibition of Paintings by Señor Sorolla y Bastida, 1908
Rome, Esposizione internazionale di Roma, Spanish Pavilion, 1911
Madrid, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Sorolla en el Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid. 46 Jardines de Sorolla, 1958

Literature

Bernardino de Pantorba, La vida y la obra de Joaquín Sorolla. Estudio biográfico y crítico, Madrid, 1953, no. 799, catalogued (as Naranjos de Alcira)
Sorolla and the Paris Years
, exh. cat., Munich, Paris, Madrid, 2016, p. 84, fig. 39 (illustrated in a 1906 photograph of the Galerie Georges Petit)

Catalogue Note

Sorolla, Clotilde and their children spent Christmas 1902 in Valencia with Clotilde's family, extending their stay there until early February. During that time Sorolla visited Alcira, some thirty-five kilometers to the south of Valencia, where he painted a series of six works depicting orange trees. Sorolla painted the present work when he returned to the region in late 1904.

Pure landscape formed a departure in his painting. Heretofore it had invariably formed a backdrop to a figurative scene, offering a context in which to consider the action being played out before the viewer. But in his Alcira pictures the dense greenery of the orange groves contrasted with the whitewashed walls of low buildings, or a farm house are presented as is: studies in the contrast of soft and hard forms, light and dark; lush vegetation versus bricks and mortar.

Sorolla's interest in this theme - looking at Spain's interior and depicting its countryside, subsequently developed into the series of gardens and city views that he painted to great effect between 1905 and 1910. Subjects included sweeping panoramas of Toledo and Segovia, and views of the gardens of the Royal Palace at La Granja de San Ildefonso and those of the Alcázar in Seville.

The present work was shown at the Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, in 1906 (fig. 1), Sorolla's first major one-man show outside Spain, and the exhibition that confirmed his status as Spain's leading painter of the period. Exhibitions in the following years in Berlin and London, where the work was also shown, confirmed Sorolla as the leading Spanish painter of his day.   

The rich foliage of Spain's orange groves also inspired Sorolla's artist-friend John Singer Sargent, in a work of four years later (fig. 2).

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