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Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light

National Gallery London

Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent, Giovanni Boldini are the great interpreters of the Belle Époque, the expression of a cultural, social and economic elite that transformed privilege into the art of living which, in turn, turned into the pleasure of knowledge. A lost time of unspoilt perfection that Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (Valencia 1863 – Cercedilla 1923) narrates with sublime skill, capturing the subtle vibrations of light and colour in sunny landscapes, in intense portraits, in scenes of social life where his gaze is turned towards the daily labours of a painful and mute humanity.

Heir of Velasquez and Goya, whom he passionately studied at the Prado, in his portraits he adopted a range of blacks, greys and a delicate shade of cream that, together with a search for psychological introspection of the human figure, reminds us of his two illustrious artistic predecessors.
In addition to his extraordinary talent, his ability to capture life and movement, often outdoors and on a large scale, emerges: his works radiate the glow of the sun on the water, the warmth of a sultry afternoon and the coolness of the sea breeze.

Until 17 July 2019, the National Gallery in London is dedicating an exhibition to the great Spanish artist with sixty works that retrace the entire course of his artistic career, entitled “Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light” curated by Christopher Riopelle, with the advice of Blanca Pons-Sorolla, the artist’s great-granddaughter and expert of his work.