Inside the Light. The Mediterranean of Sorolla in Trafalgar Square
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Luxurious gardens and beaches bathed in sunlight, intense portraits and stolen moments of life in the Spain of over one-hundred years ago - whatever the subject, a dive into the light awaits visitors at the richest exhibition ever dedicated to Joaquìn Sorolla y Bastida outside the borders of his own country. Known as the most gifted impressionist of the Iberian scene or “the most celebrated Spanish painter between Goya and Picasso”, as the Director of the National Gallery National Gallery, Gabriele Finaldi, writes, Sorolla returns to amaze the United Kingdom after more than a century’s absence - the last time was in 1908, when, as one of the most important painters alive, he amazed the public at the Grafton Galleries with his audacious compositions stretched out over immense canvases. Approximately 100 works, created throughout the entire length of the artist’s career, show the differing facets of an art where technique and passion go hand in hand. Thanks to loans from the home-museum of Sorolla in Madrid, as well as from prestigious private collections and important museums around the world, the exhibition is rife with masterpieces - from the works geared towards addressing social ills which made the painter famous to portraits of beloved intimates and the sparkle of the sea near Valencia. The exhibition then embarks on a painted tour of folklore and landscapes from Spain at the dawn of the XX Century, commissioned by the hispanic community of New York. Not to be missed, the comparison with the Spanish masters of the National Gallery, particularly with Diego Velàsquez, as well as the web of connections that link Sorolla with his contemporaries, painters of the light, from Claude Monet to John Singer Sargent.