Bajo el toldo. Zarauz
One of my favourite painters is Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, a Spanish painter born in Valencia (1863-1923), who is very well known for his paintings of people and landscapes under the sunlight in his native land. His style is unique and very joyous.
Their paintings transport you to the sunny Mediterranean sea as soon as you have a look at one of them. His use of color, with a special yuxtaposition of colors and his depiction of sunlight on water are absolutely wonderful.
He started his career in Spain, then to Europe and finally to America. He was initially seen as a realist radical who dared to paint ordinary people and later as a realist reactionary in a time of triumph of expressionism, cubism and modernism. And though he has been labelled as impressionist sometimes that is not quite right, his style is unique, I read in some place that his style should be called sorollism and I really agree!
Last year the biggest exhibition of Sorolla’s paintings ever made took place in Prado Museum (Madrid) during several months. But although Sorolla was Valentian, his House-Museum (a very beautiful house, by the way) is in Madrid where he lived for long periods. I leave here the link in case any of you wants to have a look. It is worth it!
And here I also leave some samples of his paintings in order to you to be able to enjoy and decide about in which style to frame him, if you can……..
Saliendo del baño
Niñas en el mar
Paseo a orillas del mar
Las dos hermanas
La bata rosa
Antonio Garcia en la playa
Charla de señoras
NOT BY SOROLLA (See blog posts comments below)
by the way, does anybody know who painted this painting, please?