|Mending the Sail 1896 (Museo d'Arte a Ca'Pesaro, Venice|
Thank you for your supporting comments and emails on my trip to Venice & Madrid. Sorolla hit a chord with many who were unfamiliar with his work and wanted to know more.
|Self Portrait 1900|
Joaquin Sorolla received his intial art education at 14 yrs of age in Valencia. At 18 he travelled to Madrid and self studied at the Prado Museum. Following his military service, he received a grant for 4 yrs study in Rome Italy. In 1885 a sojourn in Paris France provided him his initial introduction to modern painting. In 1888 maried Clothide Garcia del Castillo (whom Sorolla met at her father's studio). In 1900 at the Paris Universal Exposition he was nominated as Knight of the Legion of Honour. Though subsequent large-scale exhibitions in Germany and London were greeted with more restraint, while in England in 1908 Sorolla met Archer Milton Huntington, who made him a member of The Hispanic Socy. of America in New York City, and invited him to exhibit there in 1909. The exhibition comprised 356 paintings, 195 of which sold. Sorolla spent five months in America and painted more than twenty portraits, including one of my favourites "Louis Comfort Tiffany 1911 (Tiffany glass)
|Louis Comfort Tiffany by Sorolla painted and purchased in 1911 by sitter for $800.|
|A la Senora de Madrazo/J Sorolla B. 1906|
|Detail of Antonio Garcia on beach by J Sorolla B|
|Maria (Sorolla's daughter) painting in el Prado 1907(Maria had been severly ill and is now recovered)|
|A gypsy woman 1912|
|The Pink Robe 1916- Mureo Sorolla Madrid|
Sorolla understood light and shadow and this was from his constantly painting en plein aire. He one time commented to friends
"I hate darkness. Claude Monet once said that painting in general did not have light enough in it. I agree with him. We painters, however, can never reproduce sunlight as it really is. I can only approach the truth of it.”
Sorolla also once said: "Modern impressionistic movement has given us one discovery, the color violet. It is the only discovery of importance in the art world since Velazquez."
|Sad Inheritance painted 1900. Crippled children (polio epidemic) bathing under supervision of a monk|
It is time for lunch
|I enjoyed a delicious lunch of grilled fish, salad with olives at this restaurant.|
It is always a joy to people watch and the fashions
With a heart full of gladness and inspiration I bid a fond farewell to Madrid and I promise to return.
|Steps to Sorolla home and museum in Madrid|