Joaquin Sorolla. Works by the Spanish Master For Sale at Sotheby’s London and New York. Paintings To Be Exhibited in Madrid on 22-24 October.
This November, Sotheby’s will bring to the market important paintings by Joaquín Sorolla, at a time when demand for the Spanish master’s work is at a high. The four works will be presented for sale between the company’s London and New York salerooms: Buscando mariscos in our New York sale of 19th Century European Art on 8 November 2013; Playa de Valencia, La llegada de la pesca, and Barcas en la playa, in our London sale of 19th Century European Paintings on 20 November 2013. The paintings, all four taking Valencia beach as their subject, are sublime distillations of Sorolla’s singular vision and painterly bravura, and will be exhibited together in Madrid on 22-24 October.
Commenting on the appearance of Sorolla’s work at Sotheby’s this sale season Adrian Biddell, Head of Department in London notes: ‘As we have seen in the market in recent years, Sorolla’s enduring appeal for collectors continues unabated. So it is a privilege to be offering such a complimentary group of the artist’s quintessential Valencian subjects at auction, and to be able to show them together in Madrid later this month. The four works display to perfection Sorolla’s unparalleled virtuosity in capturing the essence of the scene before him, bathed in the light of his native Valencia.’
Linking the two lead Sorollas – Buscando mariscos, to be offered in New York, and Playa de Valencia to be offered in London – is their shared American exhibition history, the two canvases having been shown together in Chicago and St Louis in 1911. There Playa de Valencia was bought by West Coast businessman and philanthropist Frederick Forrest Peabody when it was shown in Chicago, while Buscando mariscos was probably purchased in 1912 or 1913 by St Louis press baron Joseph Pulitzer II, publisher of the Post-Dispatch.
Polly Sartori, Head of Sotheby’s 19th Century European Paintings department in New York, said: ‘Sotheby’s sale of these paintings could not be timelier, with the exhibition ‘Sorolla and America’ at the Meadows Museum in Dallas due to open in December. Sorolla eloquently noted his gratitude to America and the repercussions of the blockbuster one-man exhibitions held in the US during his lifetime can still be felt today.’
Both Buscando mariscos and Playa de Valencia come to the market for the first time in their histories, their sale preceding the opening of the comprehensive exhibition Sorolla and America at the Meadows Museum in Dallas, Texas. Running from 13 December 2013 until 19 April 2014, the exhibition will explore for the first time Sorolla’s unique relationship with the United States in the early 20th century.