The exhibition presented at the Sorolla Museum focuses on the international recognition of the painter from Valencia from his first trip to Paris until his final acceptance as a a great painter of the elite of his time.
Joaquín Sorolla always wanted to become an international painter. Therefore, he participated in all of the important international events and won significant awards, including the Grand Prix of the Paris Universal Exposition in 1900. As a result of the success obtained, Sorolla offered monographic exhibitions between 1906 and 1908 in Paris, Berlin and Düsseldorf, Cologne and London, becoming the most appreciated Spanish artist, thanks to the extraordinary light of his paintings, his light and radiant brushstrokes and his exceptional colours.
Visitors will be able to see the works presented by the painter in his European exhibitions, particularly in Paris, with which he sought to obtain solid international prestige. Through these paintings, he attempted to show the quality of his technique, the originality of his style and the modernity of his proposals, which mostly make up the masterpieces of his production.
Through these works, it is also possible to follow the evolution of the artist, from his initial social works to his experiments with light and colour in the sea, being able to see the paintings from the prism of the international artistic styles that existed in 1900, and which combined the naturalism, brightness and luminosity of impressionism, the instantaneity of modern life with the compositional robustness, elegance and prestige of the old maestros.
Elena in San Vicente Bay, Majorca, 1919. Oil on canvas, 81 x 105 cm Madrid, Sorolla Museum
Back from Fishing, 1894. Oil on canvas, 265 x 403,5 cm. Paris, Orsay Museum
Sewing the Sail, 1896. Oil on canvas, 222 x 300 cm. Venice, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna di Ca ’ Pesaro
Summer, 1904. Oil on canvas, 149 x 252 cm. La Habana, Cuban National Museum of Fine Arts