Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, Valencia 1863–1923 Cercedilla)
Oil on canvas
26 1/4 x 36 1/2 in. (66.7 x 92.7 cm)
Gift of Archer M. Huntington, 1922
Not on view
In this landscape, Sorolla depicts the steep, barren hillside that rises from the banks of the river Tagus near the city of Toledo. In the upper left-hand corner of the composition, the Castle of San Servando is visible. It was erected by Alfonso VI (1072–1109) to protect the convent of San Servando. The style of this painting reflects the strong influence of French Impressionism on Sorolla. In 1909, this picture was included in the Sorolla exhibition at the Hispanic Society of America, New York, which attracted more than 150,000 visitors during its month-long run.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): J Sorolla y Bastida / 1906
Archer M. Huntington, New York (until 1922)
London. Grafton Galleries. "Exhibition of Paintings by Señor Sorolla y Bastida," May–July 1908, no. 81.
New York. Hispanic Society of America. "Catalogue of Paintings by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida," February 8–March 8, 1909, no. 17.
Catalogue of Paintings by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. Exh. cat., Hispanic Society of America. New York, 1909, p. 89, no. 17, pl. 17, remarks that the ruins of the castle are on the left bank of the Tagus and notes that the Castle of San Servando was built by Alfonso VI to protect the convent of that name and the city.
"Accessions and Notes." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 17 (July 1922), p. 162.
Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, pp. 306–7.
This landscape depicts the barren hillside that rises from the left banks of the Tagus River near the city of Toledo. The Castle of San Servando is visible in the upper left corner. It was built by Alfonso VI (1072–1109) to protect the convent of San Servando.