Joaquín Sorolla, Cosiendo la vela, Óleo sobre lienzo, 220 x 302 cm. 1896. Venecia, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Morderna di Ca’ Pesaro

Joaquín Sorolla, Cosiendo la vela, Óleo sobre lienzo, 220 x 302 cm. 1896. Venecia, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Morderna di Ca’ Pesaro

The exhibition has a fundamentally chronological structure, organised into various sections that emphasise the importance of the various themes and subjects that Sorolla depicted at different periods in his career. For example, there is a space dedicated to the paintings of social themes that brought the artist fame in the last decades of the 19th century. This is followed by a sizeable group of portraits and a nude that reveal the profound influence of Velázquez on his compositions during the early years of the 20th century. Another area displays his finest beach scenes, painted in 1908 and 1909. Due to their particular importance and large size, the fourteen panels of Visions of Spain painted for the Hispanic Society of America will fill an entire room of the four occupied by the exhibition. This spectacular group was the most complex and important decorative scheme of Sorolla’s entire career and can also be seen as an epilogue and summary of his entire oeuvre. The exhibition ends with examples of his landscape paintings.

 
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