Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Museo Sorolla

Had a playdate with the SIL the other day.  We went to the Sorolla Museum on a rainy March morning, where I have been meaning to go since seeing the 2006 Sargent/Sorolla exposition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza.

The museum is his 1910 house, surrounded by a lovely courtyard garden.

The museum is quite small, but the house is lovely with beautiful furnishings and decorative pieces of porcelain and sculpture. Getting in is a little confusing, you have to go through the garden, past the pergola and downstairs to get an entrance ticket, then go outside again and upstairs to start your visit.

Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1920) was a very successful Valencian painter.  His early academic and historical work eventually gave way to a freer style with brilliant brushwork that deftly captures his fascination with sunlight.

The museum has a current exhibition of his paintings of his patio garden called Jardines de Luz or Gardens of Light, until May. 

My favorite?  Hard to choose, but this one is a symphony in not-white.  Simply. brilliant.

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