Discover paintings by Spain's 'master of light' in first Sorolla exhibition in Ireland

Discover paintings by Spain's 'master of light' in first Sorolla exhibition in Ireland
‘Sewing the Sail’ (1896) by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. Picture: Copyright Photo Archive - Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

Often referred to as “Spain’s Impressionist”, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida is one of Spain’s most popular artists.

Sorolla is particularly well regarded for his technically accomplished treatment of water and light.

The Sorolla exhibition which opens on Saturday at the National Gallery of Ireland comprises 52 quintessentially Spanish sun-drenched scenes, spanning gardens and landscapes, seascapes, costume and fashion, portraiture, and genre scenes of daily life and culture.

Sorolla gained a reputation in the final years of the 19th century for painting large-scale works with social subjects, several of which were awarded prizes at international expositions.

But the character and atmosphere of the Valencian seaside remained in the artist’s blood.

This first exhibition of Sorolla’s work in Ireland is organised with the National Gallery, London in collaboration with the Museo Sorolla, Madrid. 

It runs until November 3.

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