Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida
Self portrait in profile

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (February 27, 1863 - August 10, 1923) was a Spanish painter, born in Valencia, who excelled in the painting of portraits, landscapes, and monumental works of social and historical themes. His most typical works are characterized by a dexterous representation of the people and landscape under the sunlight of his native land. Joaquin Sorolla was the eldest child born to a tradesman, also named Joaquin, and his wife, Concepcion Bastida. His sister, Concha, was born a year later. In August 1865 both children were orphaned when their parents died, possibly from cholera. They were thereafter cared for by their maternal aunt and uncle. He received his initial art education, at the age of fourteen, in his native town, and then under a succession of teachers including Cayetano Capuz, Salustiano Asenjo. At the age of eighteen he traveled to Madrid, vigorously studying master paintings in the Museo del Prado.
After completing his military service, at twenty-two Sorolla obtained a grant which enabled a four year term to study painting in Rome, Italy, where he was welcomed by and found stability in the example of F. Pradilla, the director of the Spanish Academy in Rome. A long sojourn to Paris in 1885 provided his first exposure to modern painting; of special influence were exhibitions of Jules Bastien-Lepage and Adolf von Menzel. Back in Rome he studied with Jose Benlliure, Emilio Sala, and Jose Villegas.

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Valencia, two children on a beach - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Valencia, two children on a beach
After the Bath, 1916 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
After the Bath, 1916
Bacante - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Bacante
Children in the Sea, 1909 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Children in the Sea, 1909
Seville - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Seville
On the Sand, Valencia Beach - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
On the Sand, Valencia Beach
The Milkmaid - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
The Milkmaid
Old garden of the Alcazar in Seville - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Old garden of the Alcazar in Seville
Otra Margarita (Another Marguerite) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Otra Margarita (Another Marguerite)
El bote blanco (The White Boat) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
El bote blanco (The White Boat)
The White Slave Trade  1895 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
The White Slave Trade 1895
Nude woman - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Nude woman

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