Joaquín Sorolla. (1863 – 1923). Children on the Beach. Valencia. (1916).
Joaqim Sorolla was a long time the leader of the Spanish modern school of painting. Like Monet it tracks the light effects. It is known for its great control of the white color in many pictures, its scenes of beach and its rich, harmonious and contrasted pallet. Sorolla is famous in the whole world. Its painting the return of the fishermen is admired with the living room of Paris and asset by the French State for the museum of Luxembourg. It gains a medal of honor to the World Fair of Paris in 1900 and it is named chevalier of the Legion of Honor. What characterizes it is its very personal manner to tally, the paintings of beaches resemble the instantaneous photographic ones and are full with truth. Sorolla paints quickly, it declares: “I could not paint whole if I were to paint slowly. ”. Another characteristic of its painting is its personal manner to apprehend the light by the color and the use of the color violet. The artist known as: “With all its excesses, the modern impressionist movement discovered the color violet. It is the only important discovery in the world of art since Velazquez”. Sorolla admirably uses the harmonies between the colors hot and cold between them and to soften the transition from hot contrast and cold the purple one frequently appears. All this let us see we it in this painting and we will explain it to you.
The point of view of the spectator is about that of the child in the foreground.
The glance is delayed a little on the children at the edge of water then it follows the reflection of the veil and discovers the boat. Then he notices the children playing in water.
As the boat with the background is not entirely visible one could believe that framing was not neat. They is false. The child in the foreground is on the right vertical tension field between 2 natural points of interest. The 2 other children on sand on the left are also on the vertical tension field and 2 natural points of interest. This framing is a remarkable imitation of a photographic framing.
The distribution of the colors on pictorial space is of a rigorous logic. Hot colors on the left, cold colors on the right. The color violet, color of transition enters the heat and the cold, in the medium between the two zones.
Work is built on the large downward diagonal from left to right. The principal guiding lines go in the same direction.
The artist tries to fix the multiple nuances of color which the sunlight produces while being reflected on the painting.
Here the zone of transition enters the hot and cold colors. There is especially the purple one but also crimson, 2 close colors on the chromatic circle.
The children playing on the beach or in water are naked. In 1916, in Spain, there is not or little bathing suit.
The painting is enlightened right-sided and the sun is still rather high, undoubtedly about the middle of afternoon. (04.30PM - 05:00PM).
Colors : Contrast between hot and cold colors.
Similars Paintings :
Joaquín Sorolla. Children on the Seashore. (1903).
Joaquin Sorolla. Beach at Valencia or Afternoon Sun. (1908).
Joaquín Sorolla. Walk on the Beach.(1909).
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