索羅亞Joaquín Sorolla 1863-1923
“From 1915 to 1916,
I didn't know if it was old age, or if I was struck more and more by life itself.
But when I finished painting, there were times it took me an hour to calm down, to stop shaking.
I would like not to get so emotional.
I can't take so much pleasure.
I can't withstand it like I used to.
When you feel painting, it is superior to all else.
I put that badly, it's life itself that is beautiful.”--- Sorolla
The emotions of Nature
The life and work of Joaquín Sorolla
Sorolla is the last master in the Prado’s collections. In this exhibition, a selection of 102 works is made, reflecting criteria of quality and importance, and demonstrating the value of Sorolla’s works. Sorolla was always painting with his eyes, seeing, scrutinizing, trying to find a beautiful, special approach. Light became an element he sought throughout his life. His contribution to the world of portraiture, an extremely difficult genre, was of striking quality and of a standard that revolutionized it. First rate painting and that smell of paint. Understanding each stroke of his brush on the canvas. Neither more nor less just what he wants and what he needs. And with that he builds a modernity that doesn't claim to be committed or to go further than anyone. But simply interprets the reality of his time, that is a man with his feet on the ground and with a drive as regards his surroundings that leaves you overwhelmed.