The Two Sisters (1909) by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

The Two Sisters - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleThe Two Sisters
ArtistJoaquin Sorolla y Bastida
Date1909
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions68 7/8 x 45 1/4 in. (175 x 115 cm)
Current LocationThe Art Institute of Chicago

About The Two Sisters

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida was a Spanish painter known for his impressive depictions of Spanish culture, landscapes, and historical scenes. One of his most famous paintings is The Two Sisters from 1909. The painting is an oil on canvas genre piece that measures approximately 115 x 175 cm and depicts two young girls enjoying a day at the beach.

Sorolla’s use of color and natural light in this painting is breathtaking. He masterfully captures the warm glow of the sun against the skin of the girls, creating an almost ethereal quality to the entire work. The vibrant blue sky and emerald green waves provide additional contrast and depth. Sorolla’s attention to detail is evident in every aspect of this painting from the intricate folds in their dresses to their carefree expressions.

The overall impressionistic approach to capturing these two sisters enjoying a moment together takes us back in time to when beaches were less crowded with umbrellas as they are today. Although created over a century ago, this image remains relevant today as it showcases the joy and beauty found in simple moments between loved ones.

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