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This painting resonates strongly with Clotilde contemplando la Venus de Milo (Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia), painted in the same year, in which Clotilde gazes at a copy of the Venus of Milo. Both works shed light on the family’s close relationship with art, but this depiction of Elena is ever more poignant given that she would grow up to become a sculptor herself.
El beso is arguably one of Sorolla’s more impressionistic paintings. The broad, staccato brushstrokes and light palette enhance the immediacy of Elena’s action and imbue the work with levity and tenderness. This style of paint application was one that Sorolla would develop much later on in his career.
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