The Wounded Foot

Object Details

Title:

The Wounded Foot

Artist/Maker(s):

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863 - 1923)

Culture:

Spanish

Date:

1909

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

109.2 x 99.1 cm (43 x 39 in.)

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The colored reflections of late afternoon light animate this beach scene and actively define the forms, from the injured child's shoulder to the liquid sea and the figures playing in the water. The sun's highlights on the hurt child's hand, the sand around her foot, and her companion's hat draw the viewer's attention to the injured limb.

While on the beach at Valencia,Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida rapidly painted a group of pictures including The Wounded Foot. Like the Impressionists before him, Sorolla worked outdoors to capture the momentary effects of light, water, and people in motion. This painting's casual snapshot-like cropping, which cuts off the arm of the child at the left, gives the viewer the same sense of immediacy, as if he or she has accidentally happened upon an impromptu exchange between two children on the sand.

Provenance
1911 - 1928

Thomas Fortune Ryan, 1851 - 1928 (New York, New York), purchased from the artist, 1911; upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1928 - 1933

Estate of Thomas Fortune Ryan, 1851 - 1928 [sold, Ryan sale, American Art Assocation, New York, November 24, 1933, lot 274, to J. Paul Getty.]

1933 - 1976

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1976 - 1978

Estate of J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, distributed to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.

Exhibitions
Paintings by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida under the Management of the Hispanic Society of America / A Collection of Oil Paintings by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, under the Auspices of the Hispanic Society of America (February 14 to April, 1911) (Cat. 27/26)
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, February 14 to March 12, 1911
  • City Art Museum (St. Louis), March 22 to April, 1911
Sorolla / Solana (October 17 to December 15, 1985) (Cat. 23)
  • Salle Saint-Georges, (Liège), October 17 to December 15, 1985