We were traveling with a group of folks who were not familiar with the work of Sorolla but when I mentioned that he is considered the Spanish John Singer Sargent - they were hooked!
Once again, here is an artist whose volume of work inspires. He was prolific, often repeating a subject to explore different effects and creating hundreds of paintings each year, many quite large!
Viewing dozens of his studies together was exhilarating, not to mention paintings hanging all the way to the ceiling,
It's easy to see the love that Sorolla had for his family, frequent subjects in his paintings. His figures are painted with sensitivity and tenderness, without becoming cloyingly sweet.
|My Wife and My Children, by Sorolla 1897|
He surrounded himself with beautiful furnishings, object d'art and light (the ceilings must be 15-20ft!)
So, I'm thinking I could paint like a master if I just had some of that gorgeous crockery!
(employing the magical thinking of a young nephew who once cried, "I know I could make a rocket if I just had enough metal!!!" He is now a software designer for a major tech company.)
Still life, anyone?
If you want some Sorolla in your life - and who doesn't - you can have "Las Tres Hermanas en la Playa" at auction at Christie's London for about $4,000,000. Remember, it's an auction, so start bidding!
|On Auction June 15 at Christie's 19th C European & Orientalist Art, London|
Sorolla once said, “Go to nature with no parti pris. You should not know what your picture is to look like until it is done. Just see the picture that is coming."
|Fisherwomen from Valencia by Sorolla|
Sorolla has also said, "As far as outdoor work is concerned, a studio is only a garage; a place in which to store pictures and repair them, never a place in which to paint them."
Hmmm, my studio literally is a garage. Oops.
Thanks for joining me on my art journey.