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Joaquín Sorolla

  • Joaquín Sorolla. 'Self-portrait'. Sorolla Museum, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Joaquín Sorolla. 'Self-portrait'. Sorolla Museum, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura






Date of birth

Feb 28, 1863

Date of death

Aug 10, 1923

"Painter. He is considered to be Spanish Impressionism at its finest. His paintings of the Levantine coast gained early-on international recognition."

Born in Valencia in 1863, he began his artistic studies in 1877 with sculptor Cayetano Capuz and later studied at the Fine Arts Academy in San Carlos. From a young age he was interested in open-air painting, with which he tried to capture Mediterranean lighting, both in the farmlands of Valencia and on the beach, just as the French Impressionists did. He finished his education in Paris and Rome. After returning to Spain in 1890, he settled in Madrid and began a trajectory marked by success, awards and important positions. Among his preferred subjects are Levantine waterfront scenes, always with human presence and expressed with an absolute prominence of light. He died in Madrid in 1923.

Essential works

  • The Castilian herdsman. Painting. A Coruña Museum of Fine Arts © Ministerio de Cultura

    The Castilian herdsman

    This work was painted by Sorolla for the project entitled “The regions of Spain”, commissioned by Archer Milton Huntington to decorate the library of The Hispanic Society of America in New York.

    A Coruña Museum of Fine Arts (La Coruña)

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  • ‘Boys on the Beach’ © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

    Boys on the beach

    This is one of Sorolla’s characteristic light-filled scenes in the style which made this artist so popular.

    Prado Museum (Madrid)

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  • 'Fifth Avenue, New York'. Sorolla Museum, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Fifth Avenue, New York

    A work fully imbibed with modernity in both style and topic. It is interesting as it shows an “urban Sorolla” hardly seen in his large works.

    Sorolla Museum (Madrid)

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  • 'The Gardens at the Sorolla Family House'. Sorolla Museum, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    The Gardens at the Sorolla Family House

    Between 1916 and 1920 Sorolla painted all aspects of the gardens at his Madrid home. He achieves technical and expressive freedom and a hugely important intimate vision in all his work.

    Sorolla Museum (Madrid)

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  • ‘Palace of Pond, Royal Gardens in Seville’. Sorolla Museum, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Palace of Pond, Royal Gardens in Seville

    A work where Sorolla started his garden paintings which would later become some of his most important works.

    Sorolla Museum (Madrid)

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Other highlighted works

  • Under the awning, Zarauz
  • Valencian Fishermen
  • Portrait of Raquel Meller
  • Helena in the cove of San Vicente



From left to right: Cristóbal Balenciaga Paris, 1951, strapless evening gown with peplum; Francisco de Zurbarán, 1635,

Apr 11, 2014 to Apr 5, 2015


Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum - Getaria
Exhibition: The Art of Balenciaga

From left to right: 'Queen Isabella the Catholic', Juan de Flandes, circa 1500-1504 © Patrimonio Nacional, Palacio Real de Madrid; 'Charles IV in his Hunting Clothes', Francisco de Goya, 1799 © Patrimonio Nacional, Palacio Real de Madrid; and 'Portrait of King Alfonso XIII in a Hussar's Uniform', Joaquín Sorolla, 1907 © Patrimonio Nacional

Dec 4, 2014 to Apr 19, 2015


Royal Palace - Madrid
Portraits in the Royal Collections. From Juan de Flandes to Antonio López

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