Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida Two Sisters Beach Scene Fine Art Print Valencia 1909

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Excellent Like New Condition Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida Two Sisters At The Beach Scene Fine Art Print Valencia 1909 Minor Light Scratch on Frame.

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Appox Size: 13 3/4" H x 11 5/8" W

As an art student in his native Valencia, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida was inspired by the painterly techniques of seventeenth-century Spanish masters. In 1885 he expanded his horizons, traveling on a study grant to Rome, where he came in contact with members of the Macchiaoli, a small group of progressive artists noted for the naturalistic effects they achieved with patches of color, or macchie. After an extended stay in Paris, Sorolla returned to Spain in 1889, establishing a studio in Madrid while continuing to travel widely. The influence of the Macchiaoli, who were regarded as the Italian response to the Impressionist movement, coupled with the daring color experiments of the Post-Impressionist work he saw in Paris, shaped Sorolla’s artistic vision. Whenever possible, he painted out-of-doors, earning an international reputation for his seaside subjects. As seen in Two Sisters, Valencia, Sorolla purged his palette of the traditional, dark tonalities of Spanish art and concentrated almost exclusively on the brilliant effects of natural light. In 1909 Sorolla had a successful debut in the United States, his one-person exhibition at the Hispanic Society in New York City attracting unprecedented crowds. This attention led to a commission to paint a portrait of President William Howard Taft (1909; Taft Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio). Around this time, Sorolla purchased a beach house in Valencia, on the Mediterranean shore, where he painted Two Sisters. Employing the spontaneous approach he used for his apuntes (small oil sketches), Sorolla depicted his lively, young models with an air of intimacy and informality that belies the work’s large scale. Yet the subject of the painting is also light, which dazzles both girls’ eyes and sparkles on the waves behind them.

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