Sorolla

Spanish Master of Light

Gabriele Finaldi with Javier Barón Thaidigsmann, Véronique Gerard Powell, Christopher Riopelle, and Oliver Tostmann; With contributions by Aoife Brady, Julien Domercq, Akemi Herráez Vossbrink, Sarah Herring, Rosalind McKever, and Brendan Rooney

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May 7, 2019
264 pages, 9 3/8 x 11
200 color + b/w illus.
ISBN: 9781857096422
HC - Paper over Board

Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press

The bravura Impressionist works of the premier Spanish painter of a century ago, showcased and explored in detail by an international team of renowned scholars

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923) was the leading Spanish painter of his day, world-famous when Picasso was still struggling to establish a name. This sumptuously illustrated book traces Sorolla’s career at home and abroad, focusing on more than 60 canvases. These include portraits, landscapes, the bathers and seascapes for which he is most famous, and genre scenes of Spanish life.
 
His monumental early works established the artist’s reputation as an unflinching social realist. Sending pictures strategically to major exhibitions across Europe, Sorolla depicted peasants, fishermen, and sail-makers eking out meager existences; young women forced into prostitution; and naked, disabled orphans. Rarely had Impressionist technique been turned to such provocative ends. As Sorolla found a wealthy clientele toward the turn of the century, his focus turned to sun-drenched scenes of leisure and elegant sociability: beautiful women stroll in fashionable resorts and children gambol on the seashore.  Here, leading scholars offer a contemporary assessment of his career and explore Sorolla’s relations with the most famous bravura painters of the day, including John Singer Sargent and the Swedish artist Anders Zorn. An illustrated chronology by Blanca Pons Sorolla, the artist’s great-granddaughter, provides additional information.

Gabriele Finaldi is director of the National Gallery, London.
 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

National Gallery, London
(03/18/19–07/07/19)


National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
(08/10/19–11/03/19)

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