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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The Siesta, 1911 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
The Siesta, 1911
Hall of the Ambassadors, Alhambra, Granada - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Hall of the Ambassadors, Alhambra, Granada
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)
Granada  1920 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Granada 1920
Ninos en el mar (Children in the sea) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Ninos en el mar (Children in the sea)
Corner of the Garden, Alcázar, Sevilla - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Corner of the Garden, Alcázar, Sevilla
Saliendo del bano (Leaving the Bath) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Saliendo del bano (Leaving the Bath)
Clotidle sentada en el sofa (Clotilde Seated on the... - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Clotidle sentada en el sofa (Clotilde Seated on the...
Around Jaca 2 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Around Jaca 2
Fisherwomen on the Beach - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Fisherwomen on the Beach
Maria, the Pretty One, 1914 - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Maria, the Pretty One, 1914
El palmeral - Elche (Palm Grove) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
El palmeral - Elche (Palm Grove)

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