JOAQUIN SOROLLA

JOAQUIN SOROLLA’S PAINTINGS ARE THE SUBJECT OF AN EXHIBITION AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY IN LONDON UNTIL JULY 7 2019

ROSES GROWING ON THE SOROLLA’S HOUSE IN MADRID 1918

ROSES GROWING ON THE SOROLLA’S HOUSE IN MADRID 1918

SOROLLA, BORN IN 1863, WAS A CONTEMPORARY OF SARGENT AND SEROV BUT HIS WORKS ARE MORE APPEALING AND IMMEDIATE

A REASON MIGHT BE HIS PERSONAL HISTORY. HE WAS BORN INTO A MODEST FAMILY IN VALENCIA AND WAS ORPHANED AT 2 YEARS OLD. HE AND HIS SISTER WERE BROUGHT UP BY THEIR UNCLE AND AUNT

HE MET HIS FUTURE WIFE CLOTILDE WHEN HE WAS 17 AND SHE WAS 15. THEY MARRIED 9 YEARS LATER, HAD 3 CHILDREN AND WERE A VERY CLOSE FAMILY

HIS PAINTINGS CELEBRATE THE JOY OF LIVING

SOROLLA WORKING IN BRIGHT SUNSHINE ON ‘LA MALVARROSA’ BEACH OF VALENCIA IN 1909

SOROLLA WORKING IN BRIGHT SUNSHINE ON ‘LA MALVARROSA’ BEACH OF VALENCIA IN 1909

SOROLLA WAS A YOUNG TALENT. HE STARTED LOOKING AT VELASQUEZ AND EXPLORING HIS PAINTING OF SHADOW

AROUND THE AGE OF 30 HE STARTED PAINTING IN VERY BRIGHT SUNLIGHT: NOT EVENINGS, NOT MID-SEASON, BUT MID-DAY IN SPANISH SUMMER

THE EFFECT IS DAZZLING

DETAIL OF ‘THE HORSE’S BATH’ THAT SOROLLA IS PAINTING IN THE PHOTO ABOVE  2 X 2.5 M CANVAS SIZE (MUSEO DEL PRADO)

DETAIL OF ‘THE HORSE’S BATH’ THAT SOROLLA IS PAINTING IN THE PHOTO ABOVE

2 X 2.5 M CANVAS SIZE (MUSEO DEL PRADO)

SOROLLA’S BOLD DESIGN AND TECHNIQUE SURPASS THOSE OF HIS BELLE-EPOQUE CONTEMPORARIES WHILST ALSO BEING MORE APPROACHABLE

THEY ARE OF ORDINARY PEOPLE AND PRIVATE MOMENTS, LIKE APPLYING PERFUME AFTER BATHING, OR DRESSING WITH A FRIEND IN A BEACH HUT

INTIMATE MEMORIES RATHER THAN POSED PAINTINGS

‘THE PINK ROBE’ 1916 2.08 X 1.26 M. A COUPLE DRESSING IN A BEACH CABIN (MUSEO SOROLLA, MADRID)

‘THE PINK ROBE’ 1916 2.08 X 1.26 M. A COUPLE DRESSING IN A BEACH CABIN (MUSEO SOROLLA, MADRID)