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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Beaching the Boat (study) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Beaching the Boat (study)
Three Sails - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Three Sails
Washerwomen (sketch) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Washerwomen (sketch)
On the Beach at Valencia - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
On the Beach at Valencia
Clotilde in an Evening Dress, 1910 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Clotilde in an Evening Dress, 1910
Al bano, Valencia (Going for a Swim, Valencia) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Al bano, Valencia (Going for a Swim, Valencia)
Bacante en reposo (Resting Bacchante) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Bacante en reposo (Resting Bacchante)
Self Portrait - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Self Portrait
Ninos en la playa (Valencia) (Children on the Beach... - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Ninos en la playa (Valencia) (Children on the Beach...
Children on the Beach, 1910 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Children on the Beach, 1910
Cabeza de italiana (Head of a Italian Girl) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Cabeza de italiana (Head of a Italian Girl)
Boy on the Sand - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Boy on the Sand

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