'Sorolla is dead! Long live Sorolla!' in Madrid
The Joaquín Sorolla State Museum is presenting a temporary exhibition that highlights the life and work of this Spanish painter during his last years.
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The exhibition Sorolla is dead! Long live Sorolla! traces the last three years of painter Joaquín Sorolla's life (1863-1923), when a stroke surprised him while he was still young and distanced him from his greatest passion: painting.
It also brings to light the enormous repercussion that his death had, both in the cultural world of his time and on a social level, and the tributes the painter received over the years.
The exhibition also celebrates the master of Spanish Impressionism by showing the many tributes and recognitions he received after his death for the first time. They're a testament to the importance and appreciation he achieved through a life fully dedicated to painting.
A tireless worker, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida wanted to capture on his canvases the light and beauty that surrounded him, in his own words “without artifice.”
A laureate, admired and even envied, he garnered great international and national recognition that made itself felt in the form of the most heartfelt tributes to which the museum wants to add to the exhibition.
Sorolla is dead! ¡Viva Sorolla! is presented by the Sorolla Museum, a state museum under the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Sorolla Museum Foundation, and is part of the celebrations for the first centenary of the painter's death.
The exhibition, which can be seen in room one of the Sorolla Museum in Madrid, is organized into four sections: "A fine and warm morning," "The light goes out," "Sorolla is dead! Long live Sorolla!," and "The Immortal Painter."
The exhibition will be open to the public from Jan. 24 to June 25. Tickets are on sale here.
Get to know: The Sorolla Museum
The Sorolla Museum occupies the building that was the home and studio of the painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. It is one of the most complete artist houses in Europe, and brings together a large part of his masterpieces — radiant paintings, full of color, which powerfully evoke the joy of life and the intense luminosity of the Mediterranean.
The museum has kept the atmosphere of the house almost intact, with all the furniture and decorations that Sorolla personally chose and that formed part of his daily life, and the garden, designed by Sorolla himself, is a beautiful oasis in the center of town.