Pepilla the Gypsy and Her Daughter

Object Details

Title:

Pepilla the Gypsy and Her Daughter

Artist/Maker(s):

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863 - 1923)

Culture:

Spanish

Date:

1910

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

181.6 x 110.5 cm (71 1/2 x 43 1/2 in.)

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Handsome and proud, Pepilla sits with one arm around her daughter's shoulders and her other hand on her hip. Both mother and daughter gaze directly out at the viewer. Just as the mother's gesture tenderly protects yet presents her daughter, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida expressed tenderness in his portraits of Spanish people, particularly women and children.

With his typical spontaneous, broad brushwork, Sorolla reveled in the effects of the warm Mediterranean light and air on the colors and patterns in the women's costumes. He preferred to paint even portraits outdoors, trying to achieve a spontaneous effect. "[N]o matter how much labor you may have expended on the canvas, the result should look as if it had all been done with ease and at a sitting," he said in 1909.

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 Association, New York, November 24, 1933, lot 281, 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. 5)
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, February 14 to March 12, 1911
  • City Art Museum (St. Louis), March 22 to April, 1911
Prelude to Spanish Modernism: Fortuny to Picasso / Preludio al modernismo español: de Fortuny a Picasso (August 21, 2005 to February 26, 2006) (Cat. 47)
  • The Albuquerque Museum, (Albuquerque), August 21 to November 27, 2005
  • Meadows Museum and Gallery, Southern Methodist University, (Dallas), December 11, 2005 to February 26, 2006