Inventory number
P04648
Author
Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquín (Spanish)
Title
Boys on the Beach
Chronology
1909
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
118 cm x 185 cm
School
Española
Theme
Figura Humana
On display
Yes
Provenance
Museum of Modern Art

Three nude boys lie face-down on the beach, enjoying the tail end of the tranquil waves.

In this work, Sorolla combines two subjects that were objects of his attention on numerous occasions: children and the beach. These light-filled scenes definitively marked the esthetic that made this artist so popular. Approached with an exquisite analysis, color is another of the characteristics of his outdoor scenes. Here, the blond hair of the boy in the center of the composition stands out, and its color mixes with that of the warm sand. The long, juicy brushstrokes build the painting with touches of great expressivity.

 

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