Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light

18 March–7 July 2019

Exhibition Overview

Sewing the Sail (Cosiendo la vela), 1896

Joaquín Sorolla, Sewing the Sail, 1896. Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna di Ca' Pesaro, Venice.

The first major exhibition in the UK for over a century of the artist known as Spain’s Impressionist, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923), Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light includes portraits, and genre scenes of Spanish life, as well as the landscapes, garden views, and beach scenes for which he is most renowned.

Filling the Sainsbury Wing exhibition galleries, the display features sixty works spanning the artist’s career, including important masterpieces on loan from public and private collections in Europe and the United States. It is the first UK retrospective of the artist since 1908 when Sorolla himself mounted an exhibition at London’s Grafton Galleries where he was promoted as The World’s Greatest Living Painter.

(Image © Photo Archive - Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.)

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