The Bath, Jávea

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida Spanish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800

The artist’s wife and daughters splash in the ocean at the town of Jávea on the Spanish coast. Sorolla employed vigorous strokes of paint to capture the motion of the sun-dappled surf as it swirls around the bathers. Paintings such as this one earned him international prominence. When it was shown at the Hispanic Society of America in New York in 1909, the New York Times praised the "water of many hues, lashing and foaming against the iridescent surface of wet rocks" and called Sorolla a great modern master.

The Bath, Jávea, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, Valencia 1863–1923 Cercedilla), Oil on canvas

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