Lot 11
  • 11

Joaquín Sorolla

60,000 - 80,000 GBP
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  • Cala de Ibiza
  • oil on board


Elena Sorolla (a gift from the artist, her father)

Catalogue Note

Painted in September 1919, this luminous view depicts a rocky cove in Ibiza, with the island of Formentera just visible on the horizon. Following the completion of the vast decorative scheme for Archer M. Huntington's Hispanic Society of America, New York, which had taken the artist seven years to complete, Sorolla felt physically and emotionally exhausted. He therefore decided to spend the summer relaxing in Mallorca, accompanied by his family, from where he travelled on to neighbouring Ibiza which inspired a series of works including the present one, made on the spot, but also more ambitious compositions including The Smugglers, commissioned by American billionaire Thomas Fortune Ryan.