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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Lighthouse Walk at Barritz - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Lighthouse Walk at Barritz
Playa De Biarritz (The Beach At Biarritz) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Playa De Biarritz (The Beach At Biarritz)
Mary Sick - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Mary Sick
Port of passages 2 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Port of passages 2
Mondando patatas - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Mondando patatas
Net Menders in Valencia - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Net Menders in Valencia
Portrait of Jaeques Seligmann - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Portrait of Jaeques Seligmann
Retrato de Galdos - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Retrato de Galdos

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