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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Portrait of a Jack Russell - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Portrait of a Jack Russell
Court of the Dances, Alcázar, Sevilla - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Court of the Dances, Alcázar, Sevilla
Aim of Ibiza - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Aim of Ibiza
The Beach at Biarritz - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
The Beach at Biarritz
Girls with flowers - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Girls with flowers
Three Boats By A Shore - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Three Boats By A Shore
Rocks at Javea - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Rocks at Javea
Ninos a la orilla del mar (Children on the Sea-shore) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Ninos a la orilla del mar (Children on the Sea-shore)
Portrait of Maria Guerrero, actress and director of... - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
Portrait of Maria Guerrero, actress and director of...
They Still Say that Fish is Expensive! - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
They Still Say that Fish is Expensive!
La pesca del atun - Ayamonte (The Tuna Catch - Ayamonte) - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
La pesca del atun - Ayamonte (The Tuna Catch - Ayamonte)
View of the Tajo, Toledo - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org
View of the Tajo, Toledo

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