Lost Joaquin Sorolla painting to be offered at Bonhams



2016-01-29 15:36:58

A lost painting by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida will cross the block with a valuation of £300,000-500,000 ($426,510-710,850).

The work is titled Un Hebreo and dates to 1898. It depicts an elderly Jewish man and is painted, unusually for a portrait, in landscape format.

Sorolla was a Spanish painter renowned for his depictions of coastal scenes. Peter Rees, Bonhams’ director of 19th century painting, comments: “The appearance at auction of Un Hebreo is a major event.

“It had previously been known only through black and white photographs.

“Sorolla is mainly associated with shimmering sea and beach scenes, but he was also a highly accomplished painter of portraits.

“Sometimes these were formal commissions but more often he preferred a freer rein, as in Un Hebreo.

“This moving picture, on an unusual subject for Sorolla, was painted in 1898 during an exceptionally creative period for the artist in which he completed a number of key works. It shares the ease and spontaneity of many of his well-known single figure portraits.”

Sorolla’s auction record is $4.7m, set for a work titled Playa de Valencia at Sotheby’s in 2013.

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