PROPERTY FROM A SPANISH PRIVATE COLLECTION
From the beginning of 1912, Sorolla spent much of his time working on the composition of these panels. He believed that the best way to gain knowledge of the reality and diversity of contemporary Spain was to travel through it. To create his first panel Castilla. La Fiesta del pan, Sorolla´s first challenge was to paint the region of Castilla y León, undoubtedly one of the more important of this series. After travelling to Toledo and Lagartera in March, he visited Segovia where he created two works of identical size (192 by 200 cm) Tipos Segovianos, this work, and one which can be found in the Sorolla Museum, Madrid (N.inv 960).
Sorolla put incredible energy into this project, so much so that on July 20 1919 he wrote to Huntington proudly saying ‘I finished with the help of God the commission that you gave me; It is all done, after much suffering and pleasure…And I hope my dear friend Archer that those happy days will be repeated with your powerful help’.
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