This picture was most likely painted in 1904, the summer of which Sorolla spent painting on the El Cabanal beach in Valencia. Here he produced numerous small scale beach scenes, painted on the spot.
1904 was a hugely prolific year for Sorolla, the artist producing nearly 250 works by the end of the year. Among the major works painted this summer were some of his most iconic beach scenes, including Summer (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Cuba, Havana, Midday at Valencia Beach (Arango Collection) and Sewing the Sail (Masaveu Collection), works which helped consolidate Sorolla's reputation in Europe.
The work will be included in Blanca Pons-Sorolla's catalogue raisonné under inventory BPS 3686.
Josep Dalmau, to whom this work is dedicated, was the owner of Galeries Dalmau, the most important gallery promoting avant-garde art in Catalonia at the time. Other artists represented by him included Salvador Dalí.