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Clotilde seated on the Sofa

  • ‘Clotilde seated on the Sofa’. Sorolla Museum, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    ‘Clotilde seated on the Sofa’. Sorolla Museum, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1910

Original title

Clotilde sentada en un sofá
Sorolla Museum
Madrid
Madrid
Madrid

A bourgeois portrait typical of the period of the artist’s wife.

Clotilde del Castillo was a frequent source of inspiration for Sorolla. He showed her in different formats, albeit always full of affection and admiration. In some instances, she appears as an industrious woman, in others as a mother accompanying her children.

This is the most elegant portrait of Clotilde del Castillo. She appears as a refined lady, a faithful reflection of the social status achieved and, by extension, a mirror of her husband’s artistic success.

Sorolla references John Singer Sargent’s portraits of high society. The elevated point-of-view used in the composition seems to be designed for the location in the lounge at Sorolla’s home, to be viewed from the upper landing on the main staircase.
 

Details of the work

Object
Painting

Dimensions
Height = 180 cm; Width = 110 cm

Technique
Oil

Material
Canvas

  

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