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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Boy on the Sand - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Boy on the Sand
The Wounded Foot - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
The Wounded Foot
Mending the Sail, 1896 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Mending the Sail, 1896
Valencian Fisherwomen, 1915 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Valencian Fisherwomen, 1915
Pescadora valenciana (Valencian Fishergirl) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Pescadora valenciana (Valencian Fishergirl)
Tres cabezas de estudio (Three head studies) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Tres cabezas de estudio (Three head studies)
Boy Eating Grapes, 1890 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Boy Eating Grapes, 1890
Under the Parasol  Zarauz  1910 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Under the Parasol Zarauz 1910
The Young Amphibians - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
The Young Amphibians
Under the awning. Zarauz - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Under the awning. Zarauz
Bacchante  Woman Undressed  1887 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Bacchante Woman Undressed 1887
Just Out of the Sea, 1915 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Just Out of the Sea, 1915

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