Valencia’s emblematic painter, Joaquin Sorolla went on sale at Sotheby’s in London on 13th December 2017, when four of his paintings went under the auctioneer’s hammmer.
The works were ‘Tarde Tormentosa’, (stormy afternoon, painted at the Cabanyal beach in 1904,
‘Naranjos de Alcira’, (Alcira orange trees), ‘La Bilbainita’, (the girl from Bilbao) and ‘Niña en la playa de Valencia’, (girl at the beach in Valencia.
Sorolla also triumphed at London’s Sotherby’s auction house in May 2014 when his painting ‘Camino de la Pesca’ sold for 1.4 million pounds, or 1.7 million euros.
The painting was the star of 87 19th century works, one of 3 Sorollas on sale.
Of the other two, ‘Naranjos. El camino del mar’, sold for 146,500 pounds, (180,000 euros), and ‘Recogiendo la vela’, did not find a buyer.
‘Camino de la Pesca’, was painted in 1908, and shows fishermen on the Malvarrosa beach.
The painting demonstrates what the world already knows, and especially the Hispanic Society in Harlem, New York, where some of Sorolla’s paintings have pride of place, that nobody could transmit light like Sorolla, and nowhere is there light like Valencia.