The Museum is located in the same house, built in 1910, where the painter lived with his family. Born in Valencia in 1863, Sorolla is considered the supreme painter of Mediterranean light, which he interpreted and brought to life like no other. He had a successful life, as evidenced by the considerable number of awards he earned.
Located in the Chamberi neighbourhood, the Museum was created at the request of his widow, Clotilde García del Castillo, who in her last will and testament donated her properties to the Spanish Estate in order to fund a museum in memory of her husband. This Museum hosts most of the objects Sorolla gathered throughout his life. The artist’s work predominates, mostly paintings and drawings, and it is the largest and most representative such collection in existence.
It comes from donations from his wife and children and was enlarged in 1951 when Joaquín Sorolla García, Sorolla’s son, donated all of his property. Since 1982, the collection has grown with purchases made by the Spanish State, in efforts to complete it.
Sorolla gathered many other objects that precede the objects from the Museum’s collection. There are sculptures, ceramics, popular jewellery, antique photographs, and a significant anthology of letters received by the painter throughout his life.