The sea is the theme in the painting of Joaquim Sorolla. Born in Valencia in 1863, Sorolla’s life was closely linked to the landscapes of the Valencian coastline, the Balearic Islands and the north of Spain, which he captured with extraordinary mastery. Sorolla. The Colour of the Sea explores the painter’s gaze, his personal approach to painting “the natural” and using colour, focusing on a group of works devoted to what was both his favourite and the most popular theme of his painting: the sea.
The exhibition features 80 works, above all canvases, complemented by a number of panels and cards, easy to carry, on which Sorolla painted notes from nature and which are key to understanding the way he worked.
The show, which also includes a number of the painter’s personal effects and examples of his correspondence, is organised by the Sorolla Museum Foundation in cooperation with ”la Caixa” Foundation. Previously seen in Madrid, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the show now comes to CaixaForum Barcelona in an expanded version prepared expressly for the occasion. To this end, the works from the Sorolla Museum are enriched by pieces from the Carmen Thyssen Málaga Museum and various private collections to enable in-depth exploration of the work of this Valencian painter whilst following the narrative thread of the original exhibition: Sorolla’s journey from nature to painting.
Sorolla. The Colour of the Sea. Place: CaixaForum Barcelona (Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8). Dates: from 12 June to 14 September 2014.