On July 14, The musée des impressionnismes in Giverny will open an exhibition called "Sorolla and the Paris Years" which focuses on Joaquín Sorolla's rise to fame and international success.
|Valencian Fishermen, 1895, 26 x 34 in. Collection Broere Charitable Foundation|
The exhibition brings together around 100 paintings, including many of the major landscapes, portraits and beach subjects. Like his contemporaries Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent, and Peder Krøyer, Joaquín Sorolla was remarkable for bridging the gap between academic and impressionist painting.
He creating images informed by outdoor studies yet accurately drawn and thoughtfully composed.
For many of us who can't make it to see the exhibition, there's an excellent catalogue published by Skira/Rizzoli that puts Sorolla's work in context. Sorolla and the Paris Years is 248 pages long, with essays by Blanca Pons-Sorolla, Maria López Fernández and other scholars.
The cover shows a woman swathed in white, holding a camera.
|Sorolla, Self Portrait|
The text emphasizes Sorolla's path to fame and commercial success. It was a remarkable achievement for an unknown Spanish artist to dominate the attention of collectors and museums in the art capitals of Paris and New York.
|Sorolla, Sewing the Sail, 1896, oil, 87 x 118 inches, |
Fontazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Unfortunately there's not much discussion of Sorolla's working methods or exactly how he used photography. This is something I've always wondered about, since many of his dynamic figural subjects would have been nearly impossible to paint entirely from observation on location.
The book and the exhibition contain many of Sorolla's famous large canvases. If you have other books on Sorolla, those images will repeat. The reproductions are excellent in this book, large, colorful and sharp, with some close-up details. The book's dimensions are 9.8 x 1 x 11.3 inches.
|Sorolla, Surroundings of Paris, 1889, Oil on panel, |
5 3/8 x 7 5/8 inches, Museo Sorolla
What sets this book apart from others on Sorolla is a fine collection of his tiny plein-air studies, such as the one above, where you can clearly study the way he used a warm priming color.
Exhibition catalogue: Sorolla and the Paris Years
The exhibition in Giverny will be on view through November 6, after which it will continue to the Museuo Sorolla in Madrid from November 24 - March 19, 2017.