Inventory number
P04655
Author
Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquín (Spanish)
Title
María Teresa Moret y Remisa, the wife of Beruete
Chronology
1901
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
111 cm x 88 cm
School
Española
Theme
Retrato
On display
Yes
Provenance
Museum of Modern Art

María Teresa Moret y Remisa, the wife of painter Aureliano Beruete, is shown sitting in a simple armchair over a neutral background. The robe and black crêpe embroidered suit, along with the thin gold necklace are the only adornments in this portrait.

This painting is paired with another that Sorolla made of her husband, and both display his debt to the tradition of Spanish portraiture, placing the figures over neutral backgrounds that strongly recall the work of Velasquez. The absence of surrounding secondary elements leads the viewer to concentrate on the figure, and this is reinforced by the highly directed light which illuminates her face. The manner in which the clothing is rendered is also notable. It is painted directly over the canvas's priming, making it possible to achieve the transparencies and qualities of the crêpe in a very believable fashion, which again recalls Velasquez's work.

This is one of several paintings presented at the National Exhibition of 1901, where Sorolla won a prize for his overall career as a painter.

 
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