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PROPERTY OF A LADY

Joaquín Sorolla
SPANISH
LA FUENTE DE LOS CABALLOS, LA GRANJA (THE HORSES FOUNTAIN, LA GRANJA)
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PROPERTY OF A LADY

Joaquín Sorolla
SPANISH
LA FUENTE DE LOS CABALLOS, LA GRANJA (THE HORSES FOUNTAIN, LA GRANJA)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Joaquín Sorolla
1863 - 1923
SPANISH
LA FUENTE DE LOS CABALLOS, LA GRANJA (THE HORSES FOUNTAIN, LA GRANJA)
signed and dated J Sorolla B / 1907 lower right
oil on canvas
81 by 108cm., 32 by 42½in.
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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 1575).

Provenance

Mrs W. A. Pock (purchased at the 1909 Boston exhibition)
Private collection, Mexico (purchased in Madrid in 1977)
Purchased from the above by the present owner in the late 1980s

Exposition

London, Grafton Galleries, Exhibition of Paintings by Señor Sorolla y Bastida, 1908
New York, The Hispanic Society of America, no. 60; Buffalo; Boston; Paintings by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida Exhibited by the Hispanic Society of America, 1909, no. 41
Mexico City, Museo Nacional de San Carlos, Sorolla, el pintor de la luz, 1993, no. 31, illustrated in the catalogue

 

Bibliographie

Thomas R. Ibarra, The American Success of a Great Spanish Painter, New York, 1909, p. II566, illustrated (as Fountain of the Horses. La Granja)
Brinton and W.E.B. Sterkweather, Eight Essays on Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, New York, 1909, vol. I, p. 209, no. 60, illustrated 
Bernardino de Pantorba, La Vida y la Obra de Joaquín Sorolla, Madrid, 1970, p. 191, no. 1629
Sorolla and America, exh. cat., Dallas - San Diego, 2013, p. 231, fig. 102 (illustrated in a black and white photograph of the 1909 exhibition at The Hispanic Society of America, New York), p.  302, n. 20, illustrated
Sorolla y Estados Unidos, exh.cat. Madrid, Fundación Mapfre, 2014, p. 349

Description

In the summer of 1907 Sorolla and his family moved to La Granja de San Ildefonso in Segovia, to the north of Madrid, prompted by a commission to paint the portraits of the Spanish royal family at the royal palace of La Granja, and by the drier climate to help his daughter María convalesce from the tuberculosis she had contracted a year earlier. Buoyed by the recent success of his one-man show at the Galerie Georges Petit in Paris in 1906, and just after his solo exhibition at the Schulte Gallery in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Cologne, Sorolla painted a total of twenty-seven pictures in the gardens of the royal residence during the summer of 1907, among them both formal portraits of members of the royal family, and less formal ones of his wife Clotilde and his daughter María promenading in the gardens (fig. 2). This series of paintings would mark the beginning of Sorolla's love for gardens, a subject matter which would play a key role in his oeuvre.

The Palacio Real de La Granja de San Ildefonso, known as La Granja, became the summer residence of the Kings of Spain from the 1720s during the reign of Philip V. The palace is in a restrained Baroque style, surrounded by extensive gardens in the formal Jardin à la française style with twenty-six sculptural fountains. All of the fountains represent themes from classical mythology, including Greek deities, allegories and scenes from myths. For Sorolla, the play of light on the scintillating surfaces of the fountain pools provided an abundance of subjects, which he captured as luminous impressions like the present one. Others in the series of fountain pictures include Fuente de Neptuno and Fuente de la Selva.

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