Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light Catalogue

Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light Catalogue


Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida 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 paintings. 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 art exhibitions across Europe, he depicted peasants, fishermen and sail-makers eking out meagre 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.

Accompanies the art exhibition at the National Gallery, London: 18 March – 7 July 2019 and National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin: 10 August – 3 November 2019.


Gabriele Finaldi
With Javier Barón Thaidigsmann, Véronique Gérard Powell, Christopher Riopelle and Oliver Tostmann, with contributions by Aoife Brady, Julien Domercq, Akemi Herráez Vossbrink, Sarah Herring, Rosalind McKever and Brendan Rooney

Product Code 1047821
Authors Gabriele Finaldi, Javier Barón Thaidigsmann, Véronique Gérard Powell, Christopher Riopelle, Oliver Tostmann
Colour Illustrations Over 200 illustrations
Dimensions 28 x 24 cm
Format Hardback (PLC)
ISBN 9781857096422
Pages 264
Published March 2019
Publisher National Gallery Company Ltd
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