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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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)

ISBN: 9781857096422
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Publishing Partner: Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press
264 pages, 9 3/8 x 11
200 color + b/w illus.
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
A Brush With Nature

The Gere Collection of Landscape Oil Sketches
Revised Edition

Christopher Riopelle and Xavier Bray; with an essay by Char

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Manet to Picasso

The National Gallery

Christopher Riopelle; With Charlotte Appleyard, Sarah Herri

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Picasso

Challenging the Past

Elizabeth Cowling, Susan Grace Galassi, Christopher Riopell

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Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities

Painting, Poetry, Music

Cornelia Homburg; With contributions by Paul Smith and Laur

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Paintings by Peder Balke

Marit Ingeborg Lange, Knut Ljøgodt, and Christopher Riopell

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Thomas Cole's Journey

Atlantic Crossings

Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser and Tim Barringer; With contrib

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