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On the occasion of the centenary of the death of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, the Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre dedicates a collection of commemorative coins to the most internationally renowned Spanish painter of his time and one of the leading figures in the history of Spanish art as a whole.
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"Promenade on the seashore" 1909
This is one of the painter's most representative works: a scene representing an "elegant stroll", as was customary on the northern beaches, transferred to the beach of Valencia. The water and the sand of the beach come to life with long brushstrokes, serving as a backdrop for the figures of his wife and daughter María, who walk dressed in white - Sorolla's famous white as the breeze ruffles their dresses and headdresses. The photographic framing, which cuts off Clotilde's wide-brimmed hat and leaves an empty strip of sand, brings modernity to the work.
"El Balandrito" 1909
This is one of Sorolla's best known paintings, painted in a summer of great pictorial production, with marine themes, where the light, the sand of the beach, the sea water and the figures stand out, with an increasingly pasty and loose brushstroke. In these paintings Sorolla increasingly reduces the horizon until it disappears, as in this painting, thus eliminating the sensation of depth and concentrating on the figure and the depth of the water.

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Year minted2023
Country of originSpain