|After the Bath 1908 - Sorolla|
|Vaporetto ride from Zattere to Venice Airport|
|Ceramic on exterior wall of Sorolla's home|
|Sorolla Museum Madrid|
With sketchbook and paint box in tow for the next 3 days I sketched, painted, studied and took notes. The staff were most kind and helpful and I was made feel very welcomed.
The Sorolla Museum is located in Madrid, Spain. Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida was born in Valencia in 1863 and died in 1923. He was orphaned at 2 yrs. Lived with his sister, under the tutelage of his maternal aunt and uncle, who saw his interest in art. He was given art lessons. He spent a lifetime studying and painting. He met Clothilde who became the love of his life, married and moved to Madrid where he brought up his family, in the home which is now his museum. Every item in the home was selected with love and a passion and eye for colour and detail.Among his collection were exotic butterflies which were framed beneath glass and these vivid cobalts, lapis lazuli and turquoises showed up in his paintings. He has a beautiful collection of religious statues, holy water fonts in ceramics and artifacts which held meaning for him. His eternal love for his family is evident in his home and his work. His studio, paint box and easel are visible.
|Pathway leading to Sorolla's studio|
The Museum is actually the Sorolla home and the rooms remain as they were. The dining room is of particular interest. It has a large border of canvas painted by Sorolla, which is garlands held by cherubs and the faces on the angels are those of his children and his beloved Clothilde. He loved his wife and his children.
|Dining room - panel painted by Sorolla - the models for angels were Clothilde and Sorolla's children|
Once inspired, Sorolla would hastily use any surface to paint, it could be a matchbox, napkin, piece of cardboard and it was these initial paintings which were so exciting for me. There is a wall with several of these miniature quick paintings, which exude so much energy, excitement and urgency
|Study 5" x 7" on cardboard|
|Study on cardboard|
|study on paper|
|blocked in study on board|
|Sorolla Museum in Madrid|