Beach at Valencia (Playa de Valencia)
Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Sketching outside, artists made informal studies in oils or charcoal of terrain, foliage, and sky—glimpses of often unremarkable topography through which they conveyed their sensory experiences of light and atmosphere. They often used these quickly rendered landscapes as inspiration for formal compositions made in their studios. Such nineteenth-century pleinairists were an important influence on subsequent generations of artists, including Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, who carried small panels to work outside to capture his motifs in bold, saturated colors.
Oil on wood panel
5 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. (13.3 x 26.7 cm)
frame: 12 1/4 × 16 5/8 × 2 1/4 in. (31.1 × 42.2 × 5.7 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "J Sorolla."
Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr.
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Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863-1923). Beach at Valencia (Playa de Valencia), ca. 1908. Oil on wood panel, 5 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. (13.3 x 26.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr., 1992.107.36 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.107.36_SL3.jpg)
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