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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Retrato del Sr. Taft, Presidente de los Estados Unidos... - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Retrato del Sr. Taft, Presidente de los Estados Unidos...
Girls at sea - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Girls at sea
Beach - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Beach
Waiting - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Waiting
Towing in the boat, Valencia Beach, 1916 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Towing in the boat, Valencia Beach, 1916
Arrival of the Boats - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Arrival of the Boats
Girl on the beach - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Girl on the beach
Biarritz beach - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Biarritz beach
La nina curiosa (The Inquisitive Child) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
La nina curiosa (The Inquisitive Child)
La bata rosa (The Pink Robe) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
La bata rosa (The Pink Robe)
Mother, 1895 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Mother, 1895
El beso de la reliquia (Kissing the Relic) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
El beso de la reliquia (Kissing the Relic)

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