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The family are depicted among the famous Benimamet caves, on the outskirts of Valencia. Sorolla’s depiction of the caves, nestled amidst Valencia’s renowned orchards, reveals the influence of Jules Bastien-Lepage from Sorolla’s trip to Paris in 1885 and a subsequent desire to adopt a naturalistic subject matter, to represent the landscape and people of the artist’s beloved homeland.
The choice of subject, skilful technique and ambition of the present work are testament to why this period in particular was one of the most important in Sorolla’s career and justifies his rapidly increasing popularity on an international scale.
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