Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863–1923)
Oil on canvas
35 1/2 x 50 1/2 in. (90.2 x 128.3 cm)
Signed and dated (lower right): J Sorolla Bastida / 1905.
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1909 (09.71.2)
Sorolla was a precocious draftsman, who, at the age of fifteen, enrolled in the Academy of San Carlos in Valencia, Spain. Later, after studying in Rome and Paris, he settled in Valencia, where he developed the high-keyed painterly style for which he is famous. This style resulted from a variety of influences, including Impressionism and the work of Adolph Menzel (1815–1905) and Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848–1884). The seacoast town of Jávea, south of Valencia, provided Sorolla with the subjects for many of his paintings. Some of the most popular were scenes of children swimming. By the early years of the twentieth century, Sorolla had achieved an international reputation.