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JOAQUÍN SOROLLA | Chico con sombrero, Jávea (Boy with Sombrero, Jávea)

120,000 - 180,000 GBP
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  • Seguidor de Joaquín Sorolla
  • Chico con sombrero, Jávea (Boy with Sombrero, Jávea)
  • signed J Sorolla Bastida lower right
  • oil on canvas
  • 52.5 by 78cm., 20½ by 30¾in.


Dolores de Uriburu, Paris 1907
Galería Biosca, Madrid, 1968
Marta Fernandez de Batista, 1968
Purchased by the present owner in 2001


Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, 1906, no. 11 (as Petit pêcheur à Javea)
Madrid, Galería Biosca, Maestros del Impresionismo español, 1968


Bernardino de Pantorba, La Vida y la Obra de Joaquin Sorolla, Madrid, 1970, p. 189, no. 1584, catalogued

Catalogue Note

Sorolla was first attracted to Jávea, south of Valencia, in 1896. Captivated by the beauty of the craggy shoreline and the azure waters, he was drawn particularly to a small isolated beach below the Cape of San Antonio. Painted following his subsequent return to the cape with his young family in 1905, El chico del sombrero, Jávea belongs to a series of views, with and without figures, that he painted there that year or shortly afterwards. The present work, showing a young fisher boy, is an expression of the happiness Sorolla felt, surrounded by his own children, in a magical location.  The universality of the image should be seen in the context of broader aesthetic interests pervading contemporary art of the time. Sorolla was already familiar with the work of the Danish painter Peder Severin Krøyer, the influential voice within the community of artists working at Skagen in Denmark. Sorolla had seen at first hand at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900 Krøyer's Summer Evening on Skagen Beach, a painting that expresses many of the themes dear to Sorolla. Likewise, the critical elements to be found in Sorolla's work were also shared by Claude Monet, an artist who found great significance in, and inspiration from, particular places. 

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 1503).