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20 November 2019Sorolla, Painter of Sunlight
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20 June 2018'The Very Model of an English Entertainment': the Works of W S Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan
16 May 2018Votes for Women: Art and the Suffragettes
18 April 2018Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture
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17 January 2018Art of the Joke (hidden satirical and humorous messages in Art)
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15 November 2017The Art of the Russian Revolution 1906-1918
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21 December 2016In the Bleak Midwinter
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21 September 2016The Great Fire of London, 350 Year Anniversary Lecture
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20 April 2016Salisbury Cathedral: the Making and Unmaking of a Masterpiece.
16 March 2016Rembrandt and the Art of the Netherlands in the Golden Age.
17 February 2016From Coalbrookdale to Crystal Palace: Art and Design in the Industrial Revolution
20 January 2016Men Behaving Badly: Rakes and Rogues on and off the Canvas
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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.