Monday, 21 November 2011

Sorolla in London

If you're passing Sotheby's auction house in London, it would be worth popping in to view Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida's Children in the Sea, Valencia Beach (1908) before it disappears into some fat cat's vault. It goes under the hammer tomorrow in the Spanish part of Sotheby's sale of European paintings, Lot 70, valued at £2m-£3m ($3m-$4.7m). Click the title link for details. Sorolla has caught the moment when the naked boy in the foreground shades his eyes from the sun to give the artist a hard stare. "Here, what's your game, mister?" If you can't afford £3m, check out Sorolla's Bacchante, Lot 86 in the same auction, a snip at £35,000 to £45,000.


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