Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863-1923) Cabeza de Viejo
Lot 31*
Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida
(Spanish, 1863-1923)
Cabeza de Viejo
Sold for £22,500 (US$ 36,766) inc. premium

Lot Details
Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863-1923)
Cabeza de Viejo
bears a signature 'J.Sorolla B' (lower left)
oil on canvas
39 x 39.5cm (15 3/8 x 15 9/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    A gift from the artist to Félix de la Torre.
    Marqués de la Torre, 1971 (by descent from the above).
    Sale, Sotheby's, London, 2 December 1971, lot 44 (sold for £1,000 to Dr. Rau).

    Blanca Pons-Sorolla has suggested that the present work was painted circa 1889-90, and that the signature may have been added by Félix de la Torre, for whom the work was painted.

    Félix de la Torre was from an important Spanish family, and knew Sorolla well. He also owned a number of other works by the artist, including a watercolour study for his major work of 1894 Return from Fishing (Musée d'Orsay, Paris). Sorolla painted his portrait in 1895.

    We are grateful to Blanca Pons-Sorolla for confirming the authenticity of the present work on first-hand inspection, and for her assistance in cataloguing this lot. The present lot is listed in Blanca Pons-Sorolla's catalogue of Sorolla's work as number BPS3662 and will appear in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné.
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