Strolling along the Seashore 1906 c Fundacion Museo Sorolla, Madrid

Strolling along the Seashore 1906 c Fundacion Museo Sorolla, Madrid

SOROLLA

WHAT? SOROLLA: Spanish Master of Light

WHERE? The National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing, Trafalgar Square, London WC2M 5DN

WHEN? Now until 7th July 

WHY GO? To soak up the dazzling atmosphere of sunny Spain by this great artist from Valencia who created carefree beach scenes and garden vistas of visionary beauty.  A man with a social conscience, Sorolla highlighted many moral issues of the time, most poignantly with his heart-rending painting, Sad Inheritance! of disabled children at the beach.  

Commissioned to create a Vision of Spain in 1911 for the Hispanic Society of America, he recorded regional customs of the country, a project which took him almost eight years and many of those studies are on show. Yet it’s the pure joy with which he captured his own family that really tugs at the heartstrings, for as well as being a brilliant artist, he was the ultimate caring family man. 

IN THE KNOW Known as Spain’s Impressionist, Sorolla (pronounced Soroya) is hardly known in the UK, there’s only one of his paintings in a major gallery and this is the first exhibition of his work in London for more than a century, so don’t miss it!  And catch the accompanying film and interview with Sorolla’s great grand-daughter.