NEW YORK – Christie’s on Tuesday auctioned an oil by Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla – “Velas en el mar” – for $521,000, a work that was part of the collection of 19th-century European art that the auction house is offering this spring.
The final price for the work was below the value estimated by analysts, who felt that “Velas en el mar” would fetch between $600,000 and $800,000.
“Velas en el mar” was painted in Valencia, Sorolla’s birthplace, and is part of a series of paintings produced during the summer of 1908 depicting beaches with boats and human figures.
“The present work is notable for its broad, fluid brushstrokes which describe the shining waves with their white foaming crests cascading onto the beach,” said Christie’s about the painting.
Also sold at the 19th-century European art auction was “El guardia” (1889) by Antoni Fabres i Costa, a Catalan Orientalist painter who was heavily influenced by Maria Fortuny, which brought in $545,000.
Other noteworthy paintings put up for auction included works by French pre-Impressionists Jean-François Millet and Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot, the founders of the Barbizon School, and the realist Gustave Courbet.
In all, Christie’s brought in more than $6.7 million at the auction.