- Reference number
- Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquín (Spanish)
- Aureliano de Beruete, Father
- 115,5 cm x 110,5 cm
- On display
- Museum of Modern Art
Sorolla made portraits of the painter, Aureliano de Beruete, on several occasions. He genuinely admired this artist of the generation previous to his own and the were very good friends. Beruete sits in an armchair with great naturalness and the image recalls a snapshot: he has just arrived, he coat rests on the back of the char and he hasn't even removed his gloves yet. He still holds his hat in his hand. Beruete's seated position, turned almost in profile, is customary in many of Sorolla's portraits.
Notwithstanding the modernity of this work, aspects such as the dark overall tonality coincide with the characteristics of traditional Spanish portraiture.
In 1904, this work was seen by Archer Milton Huntington, who discovered Sorolla and founded the Hispanic Society of America. He requested it for his Gallery of Illustrious Men. When consulted, however, Beruete refused to cede the painting, and Sorolla had to paint another one for his great American patron.
The present work is paired with a portrait of Beruete's wife (P4655), and was kept by her until it was donated to the Museum of Modern Art in 1922.