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Joaquin Sorolla

by Blanca Pons-Sorolla

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Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida was a Spanish painter, born in Valencia, who excelled in the painting of portraits, landscapes, and monumental works of social and historical themes. A contemporary of John Singer Sargent, to whom his works are often compared, his most typical works are characterized by a dexterous representation of the people and landscape under the bright sunlight of his native land. This is a wonderful book with high quality reproductions of Sorolla's major works. I highly recommend it. ( )
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One of the greatest natural painters of all time, Sorolla's dazzling use of light and color make his paintings instantly accessible.

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"Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) was one of the greatest natural painters of all time. Born in Valencia, this Spanish painter was active mainly in his native town and in Madrid. He was a prolific and popular artist, working on a wide range of subjects - genre, portraits and landscapes - and his bravura style marked by luminous coloring and vigorous brushwork earned him a considerable reputation throughout Europe and America. He was also a highly sought after portraitist." "Early in the career Sorolla mainly portrayed history and social scenes before developing his own plein-air painting from the 1900s onwards, painting townscapes, garden scenes, nature studies, seascapes and beach scenes with an extraordinary ability of capturing light. From 1901 to 1905 he created 500 works adhering to his ideal of 'natural painting'. From these paintings came the body of work shown in a series of shows in Paris, Berlin, London, New York, Saint Louis and Chicago. Sorolla was then commissioned to create a multi-panelled work entitled Visions of Spain for the Hispanic Society in New York. He laboured on this from 1912-19 after which time he painted very little. He died in 1923." "This new, extensively illustrated monograph, written by the artist's great granddaughter, provides a comprehensive overview of his work including a fully illustrated chronology"--Jacket.… (more)

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