Lot 12
  • 12

Joaquín Sorolla

50,000 - 70,000 GBP
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  • Gitana
  • dedicated, signed and dated A mi amigo Blanco / J. Sorolla / 1903 lower right
  • oil on canvas


Mr Blanco (a gift from the artist, his friend)
Acquired by the father of the present owner in 1977

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1903, the present work is among Sorolla's earliest depictions of a gypsy, a subject which would come to occupy so central a place in Spanish art, notably in the work of his contemporaries Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa (lot 14) and Ignacio Zuloaga. Restricting his colour palette largely to soft greys and ochres and painting with his usual gestural brushstrokes, Sorolla evokes a powerful and earthy portrait of a mantilla-clad gitana. Sorolla famously elaborated on the theme while working on his Vision of Spain series, inspired by Spain’s different traditional costumes and people.