Do you have $4 million available to buy one of the few Sorolla masterpieces to come on the market in recent years? Then head to London for the Sotheby’s auction on May 23, 2013, and place your bid.

“Pescadores Valencianos,” by Joaquin Sorolla. This painting sold for approximately $5.5 million in November 2012.

A masterpiece by Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923), “Niños en la playa,” will be included in Sotheby’s sale of 19th-century European paintings in London on May 23. Its appearance on the market follows the November 2012 sale of the artist’s “Pescadores valencianos,” which achieved £3.7 million (about $5.6 million) at Sotheby’s, London, an auction record for Sorolla. “Niños en la playa,” estimated at £1.8 million-£2.5 million ($2.7 million-$3.8 million), has been in the artist’s family since the late 1950s. It appears at auction for the first time and will spearhead a group of Spanish paintings in the May sale. Painted in 1916, the work is a beach scene at Valencia, in which Sorolla expresses to full effect his emotion at returning to his native city, the intimacy of his vision, and the consummate brio of his painterly technique.


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