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Coquette

escultura de "Coqueta"

Elena (Helena) Sorolla García (1895-1975)

Cast bronze

1915-1919

29 cm x 16 cm x 12 cm

Nº inv. 20087

This cast bronze depicts a nude woman seated on a sgabello, a type of chair of which there are two examples in the Museo Sorolla (inv. nos. 30063 and 30064). Her left arm resting on its back, she leans back, looking at her open-toed, high-heeled sandals. The sculpture stands on a base of white-veined black marble.

The sculptural output of Sorolla’s younger daughter is small but of high technical merit, including works in marble, gesso, bronze and wood. Taught by prestigious sculptors of the day and friends of her father such as Mariano Benlliure and José Capuz, Helena Sorolla’s works possess a classical, academic spirit which reveals her knowledge of the human body, its physiognomy expressed through subtle movement, and her ability to convey her sitters’ inner world. These works were created from first-hand observation of live models, including professionals and family members, while others are youthful self-portraits.

Many of Helena Sorolla’s sculptures are not signed, which was common practice among women sculptors of the period. The majority are housed in the Museo Sorolla and can be dated between 1911 and 1922, when Helena married the civil engineer Victoriano Lorente. A large number of her works were on long-term loan to the museum until her death in 1975, after which they were donated by her heirs.

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