Corner of the Garden, Alcazar, Sevilla

Object Details

Title:

Corner of the Garden, Alcazar, Sevilla

Artist/Maker(s):

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863 - 1923)

Culture:

Spanish

Date:

1910

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

95.3 x 63.5 cm (37 1/2 x 25 in.)

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In this view of the garden at Seville's Alcázar Palace, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida concentrated on the geometry of form and the clear, bright sunlight of southern Spain instead of the changing reflections of light. He had returned to Seville in 1910 to create a second series of paintings, four paintings of townscapes and garden scenes, following the series he had painted in 1908. While he retained the brilliance and atmosphere of his earlier paintings, he seems to have approached this second series in a less fanciful manner.

J. Paul Getty had originally determined to collect art only in certain areas, but at the 1933 auction of the Thomas Fortune Ryan collection he bought ten Sorollas, one of his few spontaneous purchases. He later wrote of that moment: "I was struck by the remarkable quality of Sorolla's paintings, being especially fascinated by his unique treatment of sunlight. . . . Although the purchase of these Impressionist works was a major digression from my usual fivefold collecting path, my opinion regarding their beauty, appeal and artistic merit remains the same as it was when I first saw the canvases."

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 Guaranty Trust Company of New York.

1928 - 1933

Guaranty Trust Company of New York [sold, Ryan sale, American Art Association, New York, November 24, 1933, lot 263, 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 - 1979

Estate of J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, distributed to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1979.

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. no. unknown)
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, February 14 to March 12, 1911
  • City Art Museum (St. Louis), March 22 to April, 1911
The Painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (March 18 to November 26, 1989) (Cat. 54)
  • IBM Gallery, (New York), March 18 to May 14, 1989
  • Saint Louis Art Museum, (Saint Louis), June 17 to August 13, 1989
  • San Diego Museum of Art, (San Diego), September 23 to November 26, 1989
Sorolla and America (December 8, 2013 to January 11, 2015) (Cat. 80)
  • Meadows Museum and Gallery, Southern Methodist University, (Dallas), December 8, 2013 to April 20, 2014
  • San Diego Museum of Art, (San Diego), May 30 to August 26, 2014
  • Instituto de Cultura, Fundación MAPFRE, (Madrid), September 23, 2014 to January 11, 2015
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Catalogue of Paintings by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida under the Management of the Hispanic Society of America, February 14 to March 12, 1911, exh. cat. (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1911), no. unknown.

A Collection of Oil Paintings by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, under the Auspices of the Hispanic Society of America, exh. cat. (St. Louis: City Art Museum, 1911), no. unknown.

American Art Association, New York. Gothic and Renaissance Art. Collection of the Late Thomas Fortune Ryan. November 23-25, 1933, p. 79, lot 263.

Pantorba, Bernardino de. La vida y la obra de Joaquín Sorolla: estudio biográfico y crítico (Madrid: Editorial Mayfe, 1953), p. 189, no. 1734.

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