CURATOR TALK AND PRIVATE VIEW
Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light
National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing, Trafalgar Square, London
Wednesday, 5 June 2019 : 8.45 am for 9.00 am start
Christopher Riopelle, curator of this exhibition, gave an introductory talk before our private view.
This is the first major exhibition in the UK for over a century of the artist known as Spain's Impressionist, Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923). It includes portraits, genre scenes of Spanish life, as well as landscapes, garden views and beach scenes, for which he is most renowned. Sixty works spanning the artist's career include important masterpieces on loan from public and private collections in Europe and the United States. Sorolla, who trained in Valencia and studied in Madrid and Rome, first won an international reputation for major works tackling social subjects.
Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of The National Gallery, says:-
'Between Goya and Picasso, Sorolla was Spain's most celebrated painter. He painted tough social themes but became famous for his sun-drenched beach scenes and luxuriant gardens. No one before or since has painted Mediterranean sunlight like Sorolla.'