Sorolla, Joaquín

Valencia 1863 - Madrid 1923
Biography & List of works

Waiting For The Catch, Valencia Beach

Waiting For The Catch, Valencia Beach


Medium: Oil On Canvas

Size: 89 x 111 cm

Signed: and dated lower right: Sorolla 1907


Charles Tweed, Boston (acquired 1909); Harrison Tweed, Boston (son of the above); Barbara Tweed Estill (wife of the above)


New York, The Hispanic Society of America, Exhibition of Paintings by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, 1909, no. 67

Sorolla’s enthusiasm for painting en plein air on the Valencian Beaches is well documented. In a letter to his wife, Clotilde, the artist remarked “Today I have continued drawing, every time I am more enamoured with nature, so much between the sea and the splendid sun I think my happiest days are those on the beach. Here Sorolla paints one of his famous beach scenes with vigorous, staccato brush strokes; the pigment is applied seemingly unmixed onto the canvas. Though brightly coloured, the small figures on the beach in the foreground are dominated by the vast sea and endless sky.