Joaquín Sorolla

Cala de San Vicente, Mallorca

Date: 1919

Technique: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 51,3 x 73 cm

Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma

Reg. no.: 550

Not on display

Cala de San Vicente, Mallorca forms part of the small number of works that are testimony to the time Joaquín Sorolla spent on the island in 1919. In that year he travelled to the Balearic Islands with his family, staying there for a month. He first visited the island of Ibiza and then Mallorca, staying in Cala de Sant Vicenç.

Of the variety of versions dedicated to this mythical cove in Pollença, one of them includes the figure of his daughter Elena, strolling amongst the rocks, whilst another only features two moored boats, and this canvas – one of the museum’s early acquisitions – stands out. With the Cavall Bernat ridge in the background, Sorolla captures the landscape in a synthesized form, with loose brushstrokes and nuanced light as the protagonist, thanks to the intensity of the colours used.

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