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Sorolla, Painter of Sunlight Gail Turner Mooney Wednesday 20 November 2019

The Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923) was a phenomenal international success in his own lifetime and held an exhibition in London in the early summer of 1908.  Just over a century later, 18 March - 7 July 2019, his works were shown to a British audience again in the National Gallery in London.

Sorolla is sometimes known as a Spanish Impressionist, as many of his paintings are permeated by colour and light.  He was grounded in Spanish traditions of realism, but was influenced by Impressionism and open to the ideas of the contemporary avant-garde.  His paintings of fishermen, his beach scenes, portraits and regional studies of Spain were eagerly sought after by European and American collectors.  Today his work is less well known, especially in Britain, though occasionally one of his paintings comes up for sale and hits the headlines.  His passion was painting sunlit scenes, so there is a wonderful optimism about his works.  Sorollas former home and studio, one of Madrids most popular small museums, is a refreshing oasis in the busy capital.