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Strolling along the Seashore

  • ‘Strolling along the Seashore’. Sorolla Museum, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    ‘Strolling along the Seashore’. Sorolla Museum, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1909

Original title

Paseo a orillas del mar
Sorolla Museum
Madrid
Madrid
Madrid

A crowning work of Sorolla’s late period showing his wife and eldest daughter in an elegant pose, attitude and dress.

The large format, daring composition and expressive freedom shown by Sorolla are a sign of the artist’s great success.

With a slight downward point-of-view, he removes the horizon and creates the water and sand through long blue, mauve and turquoise green brushstrokes. The breeze is perceived through the undulating dresses and the crepe trims intensify the impression of momentary fleetingness in the scene. As is common in Sorolla’s work, the “photographic framing” contributes to this with the frame cutting off the sun hat of one of the figures.

The work falls in the genre known as ‘elegant strolls’, showing two well-off people approaching the seashore.
 

Details of the work

Object
Painting

Dimensions
Height = 205 cm; Width = 200 cm

Technique
Oil

Material
Canvas

  

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