In 1910, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida painted “Children on the Beach”, an oil on canvas masterpiece measuring 118 cm in height and 185 cm in width. This work of genre scenes features children playing on the beach and is included in the Hispanic Society of America’s art collection.
Sorolla y Bastida has been known for his genre scenes, landscape paintings, and social themes. He painted in a broadly impressionist style with a remarkable talent for capturing light effects, particularly sunlight reflecting off water. The painting depicts a group of children playing beside the sea on a sunny day that perfectly embodies the essence of childhood innocence.
The artist’s favorite subjects were beaches near Valencia where he lived. Using bold brushstrokes, Sorolla creates a vividly realistic depiction that reveals how his fascination with spontaneous movement transcends his individual touch as not just an offspring but rather theme elements immersed upon natural happenings.